China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China reacted relatively calmly on Friday after a series of diplomatic broadsides by the United States, expressing anger over new arms sales by Washington to Taiwan but hoping ties could soon be brought back on track.

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          Saber-rattling: Naval drills, sanctions & weapon sales revive US tensions with China   
Preview The US and Australian navies kicked off their biggest-ever joint amphibious drills, described as a message to friends and foes alike, as Washington sanctioned two Chinese businessmen and a bank over North Korea and announced a sale of weapons to Taiwan.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          ‘Gross interference with domestic affairs’: China furious at Trump’s $1.4bn Taiwan arms deal   
Preview The Chinese people “have every right to be outraged” by the new $1.4 billion US arms deal with Taiwan, Beijing has said, arguing that the sale means the Trump administration is contradicting earlier statements on maintaining peace in the region.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          US sanctions Chinese bank, plans to sell $1.4bn worth of arms to Taiwan   
Preview The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Read Full Article at RT.com
          Cina condanna vendita armi Usa a Taiwan   
Washington sospenda accordo e non danneggi relazioni con noi
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          Wizyta Taiwan Textile Federation 2017   
W dniach 17-19 maja w Polsce gościła druga delegacja branży tekstylnej z Tajwanu. Grupa 9 firm wspomaganych przez Taiwan Textail Federation odwiedziła tym razem Kraków i Bielsko-Białą. Organizację wizyty wsparło już tradycyjnie Polish Outdoor Group, polskie przedstawicielstwo targów ISPO oraz Magazyn 4oudoor Biznes. Program tegorocznej wizyty był bardzo napięty – w agendzie znalazły się prezentacje, spotkania […]
          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

By Jonathan Saul

LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."

BACK TO BASICS

The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.

VULNERABLE

Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."

SECRETIVE INDUSTRY

Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)


          China condemns $1.3 billion U.S. arms sale to Taiwan   
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang told a press briefing that Beijing has lodged a formal protest with Washington.
          63-летняя мать и её дочери 41, 40 и 36 лет потрясли мир своей юной внешностью   
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          With Provocative Moves, U.S. Risks Unraveling Gains With China   
Beijing responded furiously after Washington announced an arms sale to Taiwan and sanctions on a Chinese company and bank over illicit dealings with North Korea.
          How An Obituary Is Making Industry Step Up Environmental Protection In Taiwan   
A Taiwan filmmaker's deadly helicopter crash has turned attention to footage of a limestone mine that environmentalists say goes too deep. The mine would have generated less attention without the accident, an environmental group leader says.
          China sanguine as Trump-Xi 'bromance' sours over North Korea, Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China reacted relatively calmly on Friday after a series of diplomatic broadsides by the United States, expressing anger over new arms sales by Washington to Taiwan but hoping ties could soon be brought back on track.

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          Events: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017, Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, Technoshamanism in Aarhus, ELC Europe   
  • openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo, Japan

    It is our great pleasure to announce that openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will take place at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan on October 21 and 22.

    openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users) in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun. Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

    This event at Tokyo is the fourth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014, the Asia Summit has been held annually. The second summit was at Taipei in Taiwan, then in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last year. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

  • Program Announced for The Linux Foundation Diversity Empowerment Summit North America

    The Linux Foundation, the nonprofit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, today announced the program for the Diversity Empowerment Summit North America, taking place September 14 in Los Angeles, CA as part of Open Source Summit North America. The goal of the summit is to help promote and facilitate an increase in diversity, inclusion, empowerment and social innovation in the open source community, and to provide a venue for discussion and collaboration.

  • Technoshamanism in Aarhus – rethink ancestrality and technology
  • Last Chance to Submit Your Talk for Open Source Summit and ELC Europe

          Eating the Globe: Syria   

I was in San Francisco for work and celebrated a productive morning with an out-of-the-way lunch. This is Palmyra.

I got the Kibbi platter, which consists of:
Four shells of mashed cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, sauteed onions, and pine nuts served with a side of hummus, cucumber salad, pita, garlic sauce, and hot sauce.

The kibbi was/were delicious. Not greasy or heavy at all. My only complaint was that it only came with four pieces.

Countries tried so far:
Africa: Algeria, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa
Asia: Afghanistan, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam, Yemen
Europe: Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden
North America: Belize, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Trinidad & Tobago, USA
South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela
Oceania: Australia, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga
          神秘的Jaguar XJ新車款將在速度嘉年華會現身|InCar癮車報   

英國Goodwood的速度嘉年華就在最近火熱的展開了,而Jaguar已宣布說將用這場盛會來展示他們神秘的XJ車款。

目前對這輛車所知甚少,但該廠表這是一部全新的豪華房車,並將在這場著名的爬山賽中完成最後測試,這輛神秘的車款將披上特殊的偽裝,同時Jaguar也表示大家能在今年夏季末看到這輛車的公開發表。

 

我們不曉得這間公司在打什麼算盤,不過現行款的XJ是在2009年發表的,目前也正迅速接近產品週期的尾端,因此一般推測這輛神秘車款將會是性能版本或頂級豪華版,不管怎麼說,在等一下就知道了。

除了展示新的XJ之外,Jaguar也會帶著XF SportbrakeI-Pace概念車、以及I-Type Formula E賽車供車迷欣賞。

當然,這場表演真正的主角是新的Jaguar XE SV Project 8,這輛車搭配能爆發出600 PS最大馬力的5.0L V8機械增壓引擎,在配合一顆八速Quickshift變速箱與全時四輪傳動系統的情況下,僅需3.3秒即可完成0-60 mph (96 km/h),並擁有321 km/h的極速表現。


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          精益求精再進化 BMW小改款430i Gran Coupe M Sport試駕|InCar癮車報   

自從BMW(寶馬)3-Series Coupe雙門轎跑車與Convertible敞篷車型獨立成為4-Series後,為了擴大4-Series陣容,BMW為4-Series推出了Gran Coupe的四門車型,並在2014日內瓦車展上發表。而在4-Series Gran Coupe推出之後,其優雅的跑車線條、無窗框車門設計、優異的操控性能以及雙門車型所不及的空間機能,使這款有著Coupe優美曲線的四門房車受到不少消費者的青睞,成為4-Series中最受歡迎的成員。

 
 

經過三年的時間,小改款的4-Series在今年5月中正式於國內發表上市銷售,在國內販售的小改款4-Series Gran Coupe車型編成依然分為420i,430i以及440i,不過全車系已全部搭載M款跑車化套件(原420i為Luxury Line),且價格也調降。420i M Sport售價225萬(調降13萬元),430i M Sport售價285萬(調降12萬元)以及440i M Sport售價343萬(調降11萬元)。這次我們試駕的車型是430i M Sport,接下來我們就透過照片來為大家解說新4-Series Gran Coupe在外觀內裝上進行了哪些改變。


▲在國內上市的4-Series Gran Coupe全部搭載M款跑車化車身空力套件,如此的配備不僅使外觀充滿熱血風格,也提升了空氣力學的表現。


▲原本頭燈邊框的圓型LED日間行車燈現改成六角形線條,使正面看起來更具科技感,且全車系全都標配LED頭燈,為駕駛提供更明亮的夜間照明,同時試駕車也選配了LED主動式轉向頭燈,遠光燈輔助系統以及頭燈清洗裝置。


▲小改款4-Series Gran Coupe全車系也配備LED前霧燈。


▲電動玻璃天窗是430i Gran Coupe的標準配備。


▲BMW在新4-Series Gran Coupe導入緞面鋁質窗框,讓4-SeriesGran Coupe更顯典雅大器。


▲4-SeriesGran Coupe的Hofmeister kink C柱倒彎車體處均鑲嵌著一枚Gran Coupé專屬銘牌。


▲在配備M款跑車化套件後,可增加熱血風格的M字樣車側名牌也是不可或缺的。


▲本次試駕的430i Gran Coupe M Sport腳下選配了專屬的19英寸M款星輻式403M型鋁合金輪圏,輪胎則是225/40 R19 Bridgestone Potenza S001。


▲新4-Series Gran Coupe在前後輪圏內都配備有藍色卡鉗的M款煞車套件,不只提供了更優異的制動力,也達到吸引目光的效果。


▲內部重新設計的車尾燈不僅更有型,小燈,方向燈都採用L型LED導光條,讓夜間辨識度更高。


▲後保險桿兩側以倒L形折線搭配底部深色塗裝,螢造出高雅的層次感;而排氣管則採用雙鍍鉻排氣尾管。


▲小改款4-Series Gran Coupe的內裝造型設計不變,不過換上了Dakota真皮內裝,不同的飾板,新的使用介面,以及配備M款跑車化套件,讓車室呈現出不同的風格氛圍。

 
▲M款方向盤不僅造型好看,握快也一極棒,同時也配備換檔撥片增加操駕樂趣。


▲小改款430i Gran Coupe M Sport標配了新的8.8吋多重行車模式儀錶板,這個儀表板在不同行車模式下會呈現不同的儀表造型,資訊及顏色,科技感十足。


▲新車也導入新世代的iDrive 6使用介面,以並列的圖示取代傳統選單,而且車主還能以自身需求進行選單的使用順序排列,就如同腦或智慧型手機的自訂桌面一樣便利。


▲新430i Gran Coupe M Sport的座艙內採用了大量的鋁質格統飾板,提升了不少視覺質感。


▲此次的M款跑車化套件也包含了黑色車內頂篷。


▲左腳休息的地方使用了M款金屬休息踏板。若連油門和煞車都便用M款踏板,就完美了。


▲在國內上市銷售的小改款4-Series Gran Coupe全都配有M字樣車門門檻。


▲新車型的鑰匙上含藍色飾條,增加了風格與質感。


▲M款跑車化套件的雙前電動調整跑車座椅,可輕易調整出輕鬆舒適的駕駛坐姿,也具備兩組記憶功能與腰部夾緊功能。


▲後座部份,因為車頂造型的關係,對一般成人來說頭部會感到有點壓迫,不過膝部空間就還滿寛敞的,椅背也具備6/4分離傾倒功能。


▲4-Series Gran Coupe的行李廂尾門開口很大,並具備480公升的容積,還可藉由60/40分離傾倒進一步擴充到1300公升,而電動尾門也增添了更多的實用性及便利性。

在安全配備方面,BMW 4-Series Gran Coupe擁有DSC動態穩定系統、失壓續跑胎、雙前座氣囊、雙前座側邊氣囊、前後座簾式頭部氣囊、盲點偵測系統、車道偏離警示系統、主動防撞輔助與行人偵測系統、胎壓警示系統、前後方停車警示系統等許多安全配備,確保車內乘員在享受愉快旅程時也能有著高度行車安全。

 

在介紹完小改款430i Gran Coupe M Sport的外觀內裝介紹後,就是讓人期待的動態方面表現。首先在動力配置部份,430i Gran Coupe M Sport搭載著代號B48的2.0升直列四缸TwinPower Turbo單渦輪增壓汽油引擎,可在5200rpm時爆發出252hp的最大馬力,同時於1250~4500rpm轉速區間可輸出35.7kgm的最大扭力,搭配上Steptronic運動化八速手自排變速箱,原廠資料顯示可在5.9秒完成0~100km/h加速、極速則有著250km/h的表現。

 

BMW的渦輪引擎技術已相當的成熟,常見的渦輪遲滯可說是微乎其微,而且這具2.0T引擎在1250rpm就可釋出35.7的全數扭力,引擎與渦輪增壓器間的調校相當棒,搭配Steptronic運動化八速手自排變速箱讓起步幾乎沒有遲滯,在一般常用到的中低速度間的動力輸出飽滿有勁,車室也夠安靜,若深踩油門大動力隨之湧現,並帶著明顯的推背感。切換到ECO PRO模式,車輛的動力仿佛被削去一半,需加深不少油門才能有令人感到一點衝勁的動力。不過也因為如此,在ECO PRO模式將能逹到最大化的降低油耗表現。

前麥花臣,後多連桿的底盤設計,加上M款跑車化懸吊以及50:50的車身配重為430i Gran Coupe M Sport帶來靈活的動態表現。早上取車後我們直接前往五指山區,韌性十足的底盤不僅能過濾掉不平路面大部份震動,提供舒適的乘坐感,也保留了清晰的路感回饋。在蜿蜒的山道上,M跑車化懸吊有著出色的支撐表現,就算面對連續彎路時的重心轉移,車身也不會搖來晃去的;而且轉向的反應速度快又準,為小編帶來了更強的信心在山路上快速遊走。

小改款後的4-Series Gran Coupe搭配M款跑車化套件,不僅能贏得更多年輕消費者的青睞,十足的高規格安全性以及穩健的BMW駕駛風格,對喜愛帥氣外觀,又要有操控性和舒適性兼具的消費者來說,會是個值得入主的產品。

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          新Mercedes-Benz G-Class確定使用獨立懸吊! 不過越野能力依然強悍|InCar癮車報   

PTD G – Experience Frankfurt September 2015 

1979年推出的Mercedes-Benz (賓士)G-Class越野車原本應該要在90年代末時走入歷史,而由第一代M-Class(現在的GLE)取代,但這情形並沒有發生。為什麼? 因為還有很多人喜愛G-Class,因此,Mercedes-Benz讓它繼續活著。

可是隨著銷售量的下降,G-Class在漫長的生命週期中於鬼門關之前排迴了好幾次,不過還好最後都倖存下來,現在它變的越來越強大,進而使Mercedes-Benz在1990年的推出大改款新車型後,終於又要再一次為G-Class推出新世代車型。

 

明年,Mercedes-Benz將會公布全新世代的G-Class,到時它將會獲得一個新開發的獨立懸吊,車身也會比現行車型寛10mm,以實現更寛敞的車室空間。

Mercedes-Benz G-Class業務部門的Gunnar Guethenke認為,新世代G-Class將保有強悍的越野底子,因為它將保留純正越野車專用的分離式大樑底盤,還有加力箱和前中後可鎖定的三個差速器。

在2019 G-Class動力系統陣容中將有3.0升六缸渦輪增壓引擎,4.0升V8 Biturbo引擎(G63),以及6.0升V12 Biturbo引擎(G65)。當然,應該還是會有柴油引擎。

 

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          China Asks U.S. To Cancel Weapons Deal   
China on Friday strongly opposed a plan to sell weapons worth 1.4 billion dollars to Taiwan, and has asked the U.S. to cancel the deal.
          The Guardian view on Hong Kong: Britain has a duty to defend its freedoms | Editorial   
As the region marks 20 years since its return to China, there is rightly concern about its future

It is 20 years since Hong Kong returned to China. Now as then, there is trepidation. In his first visit as Chinese leader, Xi Jinping has overseen a military parade – a reminder of Beijing’s might – and warned of “new challenges” to the “one country, two systems” framework which allows a high degree of autonomy for the region. On Friday, the foreign ministry described the Joint Declaration, the Sino-British treaty on those arrangements, as a historical document which no longer had practical significance.

Britain’s seizure of Hong Kong is a key part of China’s narrative of a century of humiliation by imperialist foreign powers, ended by the Communist party’s triumph. (Its belief that the west is determined to rain on its parade will be reinforced by the US announcements of sanctions on a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and arms sales to Taiwan just as Mr Xi arrived in the region for the anniversary celebrations.)

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          OFW diagnosed with chikungunya upon arrival in Taiwan   
An overseas Filipino worker (OFW) contracted chikungunya upon arrival in Taiwan last week, the country's officials said on Wednesday. According to Taiwan News, which cited CNA,the Filipina returned to the Philippines last June 8 and flew back to Taiwan on the 23rd while suffering from the viral disease. Health workers screened her at the Taoyuan International Airport, whereshe was tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus. This marks the first case in Tainan municipality and the sixth in Taiwan this year, the report said. Chikungunya, a benign version of dengue, includes symptoms such asfever, rashes and joint pains. Last year, around 400 cases of chikungunya were detected in...

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          Imaginary Islands, Cybernetic Cannibals, and NEO TRIBES   
My latest thoughts on community building, republished from Medium Founding Myths I was born on the island of Taiwan, and I currently reside on the island of Manhattan. Both are terra firma, hard and fast granite bedrock. But I also inhabit imaginary islands: online groups, forums, and other virtual places which bring to mind the … Continue reading Imaginary Islands, Cybernetic Cannibals, and NEO TRIBES
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          China demands U.S. cancel $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan   

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          Annecy Festival Distributes its Special Prizes   

 

 

 

Special Prizes

 
 

Under embargo till Friday 16 June, 7:30 pm
(Paris time)

 

Discover the list of films that won Special Prizes, congratulations to all the winners!

 
 

Festivals Connexion Award – Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes / In partnership with Lumières Numériques & Pilon Cinéma  

Nothing Happens

Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot

DANSK TEGNEFILM, MIYU PRODUCTIONS

Denmark, France

Junior Jury Award for a Graduation Film

What a Peaceful Day

Eden (Kai-Hsun) Chan

TAIPEI NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF THE ARTS

Taiwan

Junior Jury Award for a Short Film 

Valley of White Birds > La Vallée des oiseaux blancs

Cloud Yang

WOLF SMOKE ANIMATION STUDIO

China

Young Audience Award

Hedgehog's Home > La Maison du hérisson

Eva Cvijanović

ONF, BONOBOSTUDIO

Canada, Croatia

FIPRESCI Award

Negative Space

Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

IKKI FILMS, MANUEL CAM

France

Best Original Music Award for a Short Film, sponsored by the SACEM

Radio Dolores

Katariina Lillqvist, Kusti Vuorinen

FILM COOPERATIVE CAMERA CAGLIOSTRO

Finland

Gan Foundation Award for Distribution

Petit Vampire > Little Vampire

Joann Sfar

AUTOCHENILLE PRODUCTION

France

"CANAL+ Creative Aid" Award for a Short Film

L’Ogre > The Ogre

Laurène Braibant

PAPY3D PRODUCTIONS

France

André-Martin Award for a 2016 French Feature Film

La Jeune Fille sans mains

Sébastien Laudenbach

LES FILMS SAUVAGES, PELLEAS FILMS

France

André-Martin Award for a French Short Film

Nothing Happens

Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot

DANSK TEGNEFILM, MIYU PRODUCTIONS

Denmark, France

André-Martin Special Distinction for a French Short Film

Negative Space

Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

IKKI FILMS, MANUEL CAM

France

City of Annecy Award

Maacher Jhol > Le Curry de poisson

Abhishek Verma

JAMUURA

India

 
 

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          Inilah “Akibatnya” Apabila Sering Makan Kaki Ayam, Anda Pasti Tak Sangka!   

Kalau pergi ke pasar memang kaki ayam ni ada dijual lambak dengan harga yang murah. Paling sedap kalau masak kari ataupun sup kaki ayam. Tak payah nak makan dengan nasi makan sup kaki ayam macam tu je pun sedap. Tapi, dalam kesedapan kaki ayam tu pernah tak terfikir “akibat” dan kesan makan kaki ayam ni?

Jangan panik! Disini kami kongsikan sebenarnya kaki ayam ni banyak khasiatnya tau. Jom baca:

1. Kaki Ayam Kaya Kolagen

Dalam sebuah kajian yang dilakukan oleh Fakulti Sains Haiwan Universiti Chung-Hsing di Taiwan, terungkap bahawa kaki ayam mengandungi kolagen yang sangat tinggi. Walaupun kadar kolagen alami pada kaki ayam hampir sama dengan kolagen yang banyak dijumpai pada sayuran hijau dan buah-buahan yang banyak mengandung vitamin C. Kolagen adalah salah satu bahan khas yang diperlukan kulit tubuh untuk mengekalkan keanjalan kulit. Manfaat kolagen yang terdapat dalam kaki ayam sangat banyak, antara lain adalah:

i. Kolagen memelihara kesihatan kulit dan membentuk kulit yang anjal kerana menyokong pergantian sel-sel kulit mati dengan sel kulit baru yang lebih cepat.

ii. Kolagen membantu tubuh dalam menyerap kalsium dan protein sehingga membuat tubuh menjadi lebih sihat.

iii. Kolagen dapat meningkatkan pengeluaran sel darah merah kerana bekerja dengan menguatkan struktur pembuluh darah.

iv. Kolagen membantu tubuh dalam menurunkan berat badan kerana boleh meningkatkan metabolisme tubuh terhadap lemak.

v. Kolagen boleh membuat struktur tulang menjadi lebih kuat dan mencegah penyakit kerapuhan tulang.

2. Memelihara Sendi dan Mengurangkan Risiko Tulang Rapuh

Penyakit sakit sendi dan tulang rapuh biasanya banyak terjadi pada orang lanjut usia. Penyebabnya adalah tubuh tidak boleh mendapatkan kalsium dan tulang sudah tidak boleh menyerap kalsium dengan baik. Tapi dengan pengambilan kaki ayam sejak masih muda maka akan memberikan kesan yang berbeza. Bahagian kaki ayam memang hanya terdiri dari kulit, tendon dan tulang. Kandungan kaki ayam yang kaya dengan protein, kalsium, tulang rawan dan kolagen boleh mudah diserap oleh tubuh. Nutrisi ini sangat penting untuk mengukuhkan struktur tulang dan boleh mencegah kerapuhan tulang apabila sudah lanjut usia.

3. Menyembuhkan Cedera

Nutrisi yang dijumpai dalam kaki ayam adalah seperti protein dan kalsium. Kedua-dua nutrisi ini sangat penting untuk membantu menjana semula saraf, otot dan tulang manusia. Kajian yang sudah dilakukan oleh seorang penyelidik di Amerika mendedahkan bahawa potensi nutrisi tersebut boleh membantu menyembuhkan kecederaan. Walaupun keadaan kecederaan tulang belakang dipercayai boleh cepat sembuh dengan memakai makanan yang mengandungi kaki ayam.

4. Menyihatkan Saluran Pencernaan

Kaki ayam boleh dibuat menjadi kuah atau sup yang menyegarkan. Bahagian kaki ayam yang banyak mengandungi jaringan ikat dan tulang rawan yang sangat lazat. Bahkan semua nutrisi seperti protein, kolagen, kondroitin dan Glucosamine juga akan larut apabila dimasak menjadi sup. Khasiat dari pelbagai nutrisi ini juga sangat baik untuk membuat pencernaan menjadi lebih sihat. Kesan dari nutrisi ini juga sangat penting untuk membuat usus menjadi lebih lembut sehingga membuat saluran pencernaan anda menjadi lebih sihat.

5. Menjaga Kesihatan Kuku

Kaki ayam yang sudah dimasak akan mengeluarkan beberapa nutrisi yang sangat penting untuk tubuh. Pati atau beberapa jenis masakan lain dari kaki ayam boleh menghasilkan asid amino, kolagen, glisin, hidroksipolin, dan prolin yang boleh membantu menjaga kesihatan kuku. Kaki ayam yang dimasak biasanya akan mengeluarkan cecair atau gel khas yang banyak mengandungi gelatin. Nutrisi ini membantu tubuh dalam mengolah kalsium dan diserap oleh kuku.

6. Menyihatkan Gusi

Gusi adalah rangkaian kuat yang digunakan untuk menyokong gigi. Beberapa jenis penyakit gusi banyak disebabkan oleh masalah kesihatan gigi yang buruk. Namun boleh juga masalah ini ditimbulkan dari dalam tubuh. Kekurangan vitamin dan beberapa nutrisi lain juga akan membuat masalah pada gusi. Kaki ayam adalah makanan yang banyak mengandung nutrisi dalam jumlah yang sangat banyak. Ada jaringan ikat dan tulang rawan yang boleh berubah menjadi gel kerana mengandungi kolagen, asid amino, dan beberapa zat pembentuk gelatin. Kerana itulah semua zat ini akan memperbaiki keadaan kesihatan gusi.

7. Meningkatkan Sistem Kekebalan Tubuh

Kaki ayam memang terkenal dengan semua nutrisinya yang sangat penting seperti kolagen atau zat pembentuk gelatin. Selain itu ternyata kaki ayam juga mengandungi pelbagai jenis mineral seperti zink, tembaga, magnesium, kalsium dan fosforus. Semua mineral ini diperlukan oleh organ tubuh untuk membina kesihatan dan mengatasi pelbagai jenis penyakit. Dengan pengambilan kaki ayam maka juga boleh meningkatkan sistem kekebalan tubuh.

8. Membentuk Probiotik Semulajadi

Kaki ayam yang banyak mengandungi kolagen dan pelbagai jenis mineral lain ternyata juga boleh membentuk probiotik semula jadi. Agen gelatin yang banyak didapati pada cecair dari rebusan kaki ayam sangat baik dalam membentuk probiotik semula jadi. Probiotik akan membuat tubuh mampu membentuk imuniti semula jadi, menyihatkan usus dan mengatasi masalah saluran pencernaan.

9. Menyeimbangkan Hormon Tubuh

Kaki ayam juga menghasilkan beberapa jenis asid amino yang sangat baik untuk tubuh. Salah satu jenis asid amino yang dilepaskan dari kaki adalah arginin. Ini adalah jenis asid amino yang bermanfaat untuk tubuh. Salah satunya adalah membantu tubuh dalam melepaskan hormon yang menyebabkan perasaan tertekan dan stress. Bahkan arginina juga penting untuk menghasilkan hormon pembiakan baik untuk lelaki dan wanita.

10. Mencegah Kerosakan Rangkaian Tubuh

Manfaat kaki ayam yang terakhir adalah untuk menjaga kerosakan jaringan tubuh. Mempunyai rangkaian tubuh yang kuat memang sangat penting untuk kesihatan. Rangkaian ikat diperlukan untuk otot, tulang dan pelbagai jenis organ badan seperti hati, hempedu dan organ lain. Kaki ayam yang sudah dimasak akan mengeluarkan asid amino kumpulan glisin. Glisin mempunyai fungsi penting untuk mengukuhkan jaringan ikat tubuh, menjaga kesihatan organ tubuh, membantu tubuh dalam mengeluarkan racun-racun tubuh dan juga meningkatkan kualiti saraf sehingga dapat meningkatkan rasa selesa semasa tidur.

Tips Memasak Kaki Ayam

Kaki ayam memang terbukti mengandungi pelbagai nutrisi penting yang bermanfaat untuk membina kesihatan tubuh. Kaki ayam juga boleh membantu memulihkan stamina kerana keletihan, masa pemulihan selepas sakit atau operasi, memulihkan keadaan usus yang bermasalah dan mengatasi alergi terhadap beberapa makanan.

Namun memasak kaki ayam tidak boleh dilakukan secara sembarangan. Berikut ini adalah beberapa tips untuk memasak kaki ayam dan menghilangkan semua potensi bakteria.

Ambil bahagian kaki ayam. Potong paras paha bawah sehingga yang tertinggal benar-benar kaki.

Cuci dengan air bersih yang mengalir sehingga semua kotoran boleh keluar. Jika beli kaki ayam dari peniaga maka jangan terus memasaknya tapi cuci semula.

Potong semua bahagian kuku kaki ayam untuk menghilangkan bahagian kaki yang kelihatan kotor dan menjijikkan.

Rebus kaki ayam dengan air panas selama beberapa minit.

Longkang dan hilangkan lapisan kulit keras pada kaki ayam. Lapisan kulit berwarna kuning harus dihilangkan untuk mengurangkan potensi bakteria dan kotoran yang memang tertinggal dalam kaki ayam.

Rebus lagi bahagian kaki ayam dan masak sesuai dengan selera anda.

Selalu gunakan kaki ayam yang masih segar dan baru dipotong dan jangan memasak kaki ayam yang sudah disimpan lebih dari 48 jam di dalam peti sejuk.

Manfaat kaki ayam memang cukup banyak, namun pastikan anda memasaknya dengan cara yang benar. Kerana kaki ayam harus di cuci dengan bersih agar tidak menimbulkan bakteria yang berbahaya bagi kesihatan.

          [wanabidii] News Digest: Live updates: India braces for GST rollout   
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Friday, June 30, 2017
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German parliament legalises same-sex marriage
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Nasa rocket releases artificial colourful clouds
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NASA's quieter supersonic jet closer to reality
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GST sale: 12 hot deals on smartphones, TVs and more

Comparison: Honor 9 vs Honor 8
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Plus III admissions 2017: DHE Odisha declares first selection list
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TS EAMCET seat allotment 2017 result declared

TN govt's new policy of reserving 85% quota for state board students challenged in High Court

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Grains and spices market of APMC remains shut in protest against GST

Train coach wheel derails near Kalyan, Central railway service affected

Mumbai: Aunt arrested for two-year-old's murder
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Live blog: Heavy rains lash Delhi-NCR

Delhi, Haryana to work together to prevent flooding in Gurugram
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Video: Delhi wakes up to fresh morning showers
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Presidential elections: Ram Nath Kovind, Meira Kumar to campaign in Chennai on Saturday
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Medical seat scam: ED attaches four properties of Madhan
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Stalin says TN govt won't take any action, whether it is gutka scam or bribe to voters
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Cop's son killed in accidental discharge from service gun
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Roli, Tika to welcome students as primary schools reopen on July 1
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Asian Athletics Championships: Odisha hires two Mercedes Benz buses from Telangana
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Asian Athletics Championships: Odisha's traditional handloom for flag bearers
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          Trump Administration Approves $1.42 Billion in Arms Sales to Taiwan   
The sale would be the first such proposed transfer since President Donald Trump took office and coincides with China’s rejection of a U.S. Senate bill that would allow U.S. Navy vessels to make regular port calls to the island.
          EM ASIA FX-Chinese yuan on track for best quarter since 2008; won touches 11-week low   

(Adds text, updates prices) By Christina Martin June 30 (Reuters) - China's yuan extended gainsfor a fourth straight session on Friday and was headed for itsbest quarter since June 2008, helped by a weaker dollar andbetter-than-expected manufacturing data. The People's Bank of China set the yuan midpointat 6.7744 per dollar prior to market opening, its strongestlevel since November 7, 2016. The strength in the official guidance reflected weakness inthe dollar, which sank to a near nine-month low against a basketof currencies in the overseas market. The dollar was bogged down by growing expectations of morehawkish monetary policies in Europe and Canada and doubts aboutanother U.S. interest rate increase this year. The yuan was up about 1 percent for the week, set for itsbest week since July 2005, and gained 1.7 percent against thedollar for the quarter. China's manufacturing sector expanded at its quickest pacein three months in June, buoyed by strong production and neworders, reassuring news for authorities trying to strike abalance between de-leveraging and keeping the economy on an evenkeel. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)was at 51.7 in June, the eleventh straight month of expansion,and up from 51.2 in May, a monthly survey by the National Bureauof Statistics showed on Friday. Separately, official data showed that China recorded asurplus in its capital and financial account in the firstquarter, indicating net capital inflows as policymakerstightened supervision of outflows. In other Asian currencies, the Malaysian ringgitgained 0.1 percent and the Philippine peso snappedthree straight days of losses. "The Asian net portfolio flow environment remains generallysupportive except for the Indian rupee, where inflow momentumcontinues to moderate," OCBC said in a note. The Indian rupee was set for its fourth straightday of declines, losing as much as 0.2 percent to hit a two-weeklow. KOREAN WON South Korea's won traded down as much as 0.5percent on Friday, its lowest level in over 11 weeks, asinvestors backed away from emerging markets in the wake of abroad decline in global stock markets. South Korean bond sales by Franklin Templeton raisedconcerns over potential capital outflows, putting furtherpressure on the won. U.S. President Donald Trump will press South KoreanPresident Moon Jae-in to solve trade differences over cars andsteel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threatfrom North Korea. South Korean shares edged down after a big rebound theprevious day, with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) down 0.5 percent at 2,384.57 points. The won has fallen about 2.1 percent this quarter. SINGAPORE DOLLAR The Singapore dollar rose for a fourth consecutiveday on Friday, up as much as 0.2 percent, touching it highest inmore two weeks. Singapore's total bank lending in May rose 0.32 percent fromApril as lending to general commerce increased, central bankdata showed on Friday. Bank lending in May rose 6.8 percent from a year earlier. The Singapore dollar gained 1.4 percent in the quarter andis headed for its second straight quarter of gains. The following table shows rates for Asian currencies againstthe dollar at 0537 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 112.16 +0.21 Sing dlr 1.377 1.3791 +0.15 Taiwan dlr 30.389 30.370 -0.06 Korean won 1142.700 1141.1 -0.14 Baht 33.978 33.94 -0.11 Peso 50.370 50.53 +0.32 Rupiah* 13325.000 13325 +0.00 Rupee 64.680 64.63 -0.08 Ringgit 4.292 4.292 +0.01 Yuan 6.768 6.7851 +0.26 Change so far in 2017 Currency Latest bid End 2016 Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 117.07 +4.59 Sing dlr 1.377 1.4490 +5.23 Taiwan dlr 30.389 32.279 +6.22 Korean won 1142.700 1207.70 +5.69 Baht 33.978 35.80 +5.36 Peso 50.370 49.72 -1.29 Rupiah* 13325.000 13470 +1.09 Rupee 64.680 67.92 +5.01 Ringgit 4.292 4.4845 +4.50 Yuan 6.768 6.9467 +2.65 * Financial markets in Indonesia are closed for a holiday. (Reporting by Christina Martin in Bengaluru; Editing by SunilNair)


          EM ASIA FX-Most Asian currencies slip; yuan extends gains   

June 30 (Reuters) - The following table shows rates forAsian currencies against the dollar at 0140 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 111.980 112.16 +0.16 Sing dlr 1.377 1.3791 +0.12 Taiwan dlr 30.415 30.370 -0.15 Korean won 1144.400 1141.1 -0.29 Baht 33.970 33.94 -0.09 Peso 50.530 50.53 0.00 Rupiah* 13325.000 13325 0.00 Rupee 64.628 64.63 0.00 Ringgit 4.294 4.292 -0.05 Yuan 6.763 6.7851 +0.33 Change so far in 2017 Currency Latest bid End 2016 Pct Move Japan yen 111.980 117.07 +4.55 Sing dlr 1.377 1.4490 +5.20 Taiwan dlr 30.415 32.279 +6.13 Korean won 1144.400 1207.70 +5.53 Baht 33.970 35.80 +5.39 Peso 50.530 49.72 -1.60 Rupiah* 13325.000 13470 +1.09 Rupee 64.628 67.92 +5.09 Ringgit 4.294 4.4845 +4.44 Yuan 6.763 6.9467 +2.72 * Financial market in Indonesia is closed for holiday. (Reporting By Christina Martin in Bengaluru; Editing by SherryJacob-Phillips)


          Asia diesel margins climb to more than 2-month high on India buying spree   

By Jessica Jaganathan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian diesel margins climbed to their highest in more than two months on Friday as a buying spree from India that began in April and more regional refinery maintenance than usual has tightened supply for the fuel, industry sources said.

If the margins hold at the elevated levels, it could lift Asian refiners' profits over the summer. Diesel margins are a major component of refining profit as the fuel typically makes up 30 to 40 percent of an oil processor's production.

Based on processing Dubai benchmark crude, diesel margins climbed to $11.86 a barrel on Friday, highest since April 25, when it was $11.94, Reuters data showed.

"(The margin) is unseasonably strong ... because maintenance in the first half was so heavy and exports were still maintained at decent levels, so refineries will need to restock in the third quarter," said analyst Nevyn Nah at consultancy Energy Aspects.

About 330,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) more refining capacity in Asia was shut over the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2016, Nah said.

Indian state-owned refineries are also undergoing heavy maintenance until the end of this year, upgrading diesel units to produce cleaner fuels to meet new Euro IV standards implemented in April.

That has prompted large-volume purchases of diesel by Indian state-owned refiners in the spot market starting from April, with the country's imports of the fuel on track to hit the highest since 2011, boosting margins for the fuel.

India does not typically import diesel and is a net exporter of the fuel.

Singapore diesel stocks dropped to a 5-1/2-month low in the week ended June 28, the latest official data showed, likely pulled down by India's imports and a fire at Singapore Refining Company's refinery in mid-June.

Also, diesel exports from Taiwan, Asia's fifth-largest exporter of the fuel, fell 10 percent January-April compared with the same period a year ago due to several refining units undergoing maintenance at Formosa Petrochemical Corp's Mailiao refinery.

The Mailiao refinery is not expected to export diesel in the spot market until the fourth quarter of 2017, which could also boost margins, traders said.

A Formosa spokesman was not available for comment.

Summer demand from the Middle East has also kicked in just as a fire-hit secondary unit in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC)'s Ruwais refinery is expected to be shut until early 2019 for repairs. This is expected to pull barrels from Asia to meet demand there, traders said.

But Asia could still get bogged down by a bump in supplies once most of the refineries return from maintenance in August, Energy Aspect's Nah said.

India's diesel imports could also fall once the monsoon season there is in full swing. Monsoon rains in India typically reduce the need to use diesel for irrigation pumps.

(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)


          Asia diesel margins climb to more than 2-mth high on India buying spree   

* India's imports this year set to be highest since 2011

* About 330,000 bpd more capacity shut over H1 2017 fromyear ago

* Monsoon rains could dent India's imports and halt marginrise

By Jessica Jaganathan

SINGAPORE, June 30 (Reuters) - Asian diesel margins climbedto their highest in more than two months on Friday as a buyingspree from India that began in April and more regional refinerymaintenance than usual has tightened supply for the fuel,industry sources said.

If the margins hold at the elevated levels, it could liftAsian refiners' profits over the summer. Diesel margins are amajor component of refining profit as the fuel typically makesup 30 to 40 percent of an oil processor's production.

Based on processing Dubai benchmark crude, diesel marginsclimbed to $11.86 a barrel on Friday, highest sinceApril 25, when it was $11.94, Reuters data showed.

"(The margin) is unseasonably strong ... because maintenancein the first half was so heavy and exports were still maintainedat decent levels, so refineries will need to restock in thethird quarter," said analyst Nevyn Nah at consultancy EnergyAspects.

About 330,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) more refining capacityin Asia was shut over the first half of this year compared withthe same period in 2016, Nah said.

Indian state-owned refineries are also undergoing heavymaintenance until the end of this year, upgrading diesel unitsto produce cleaner fuels to meet new Euro IV standardsimplemented in April.

That has prompted large-volume purchases of diesel by Indianstate-owned refiners in the spot market starting from April,with the country's imports of the fuel on track to hit thehighest since 2011, boosting margins for the fuel.

India does not typically import diesel and is a net exporterof the fuel.

Singapore diesel stocks dropped to a 5-1/2-month low in theweek ended June 28, the latest official data showed, likelypulled down by India's imports and a fire at Singapore RefiningCompany's refinery in mid-June.

Also, diesel exports from Taiwan, Asia's fifth-largestexporter of the fuel, fell 10 percent January-April comparedwith the same period a year ago due to several refining unitsundergoing maintenance at Formosa Petrochemical Corp'sMailiao refinery.

The Mailiao refinery is not expected to export diesel in thespot market until the fourth quarter of 2017, which could alsoboost margins, traders said.

A Formosa spokesman was not available for comment.

Summer demand from the Middle East has also kicked in justas a fire-hit secondary unit in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's(ADNOC)'s Ruwais refinery is expected to be shutuntil early 2019 for repairs. This is expected to pull barrelsfrom Asia to meet demand there, traders said.

But Asia could still get bogged down by a bump in suppliesonce most of the refineries return from maintenance in August,Energy Aspect's Nah said.

India's diesel imports could also fall once the monsoonseason there is in full swing. Monsoon rains in India typicallyreduce the need to use diesel for irrigation pumps.(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)


          Saber-rattling: Naval drills, sanctions and Taiwan weapon sales revive US tensions with China   
The US and Australian navies kicked off their biggest-ever joint amphibious drills, described as a message to friends and foes alike, as Washington sanctioned two Chinese businessmen and a bank over North Korea and announced a sale of weapons to Taiwan. On Thursday, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced sanctions against China's Bank of Dandong, Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co, and two Chinese business executives the US accuses of running front companies on behalf of North Korea. Washington also announced a $1.4 billion deal to sell weapons to Taiwan, a Chinese island ruled as a de facto independent country by the nationalist government ousted from power on the mainland in 1949.
          #NBAFinals Get The Taiwanese Animation Treatment (Video)   
#NBAFinals Get The Taiwanese Animation Treatment (Video)

          US plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms could test China ties   
The U.S. plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms in a move sure to anger China.
          ‘Gross interference with domestic affairs’: China furious at Trump’s $1.4 BILLION Taiwan arms deal   
– ‘Gross interference with domestic affairs’: China furious at Trump’s $1.4bn Taiwan arms deal: The Chinese people “have every right to be outraged” by the new $1.4 billion US arms deal with Taiwan, Beijing has said, arguing that the sale means the Trump administration is contradicting earlier statements on maintaining peace in the region. Washington ... Read more
          幾乎赤裸的P14 McLaren 650S後繼車現身西班牙路試 |InCar癮車報   

隨著McLaren(麥拉倫)650S快接近其四歲生日,英國汽車製造商正在努力的工作,要為它在2018年推出後繼車款;而日前McLaren的工程師們在西班牙為代號P14的650S後繼車進行測試時被拍到了照片,令許多人驚訝的是,McLaren沒有刻意偽裝這輛車,進而使我們有機會看到它的設計。推測這款車不會在2017年之前推出。

 

這輛赤裸裸的P14原型測試車從車頭、車側到車尾都有著比650S更為激進的車身空力設計。其車頭上的引擎蓋進行了重新設計,看起來有點類似P1,車頭底部有兩個大的進氣口以及導流下巴,可提供良好的下壓效果。它的細長LED頭燈內縮,並擁有導流口將氣流導向車側兩邊。車側部份,P14原型車的的特殊車肩角線從車頭一直延伸到車尾端,車門下方也設有導流裝置將車底和輪胎捲起的氣流導向車側。

有關P14的車室內部設計目前還不得而知,而它的動力應該還是搭載McLaren現有的3.8升V8雙渦輪增壓汽油引擎。該具引擎在650S身上可輸出650匹馬力和69.1kgm的扭力,但在P14身上將會提供更大的動力輸出。之前有傳聞說,P14的名稱會是"7"開頭(表示有700匹以上的馬力),但McLaren的發言人已經破除了這個傳言。

 

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          iPhone 5 Will Coming Soon   
Tech Info - CALIFORNIA - After a few times just rumors, Apple finally more seriously to released  iPhone 5 in this third quarter of 2011.

Quoted by the Wall Street Journal from its trusted sources on Saturday, July 9, 2011, Apple said will release the iPhone 5 most soon on September 2011.

According of that sources, iPhone 5 is rumored to be much lighter and thinner than iPhone 4 that had previously been known to thin, making it lighter and thinner than current models.


The report also stated that the next iPhone has an 8 megapixel camera compared to the iPhone 4 which has a 5 megapixel sensor and confirmed the previous rumors by Bloomberg.

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Taiwanese computer manufacturing, Pegatron Technology, allegedly has won the tender to set up 15 million units of the Apple iPhone 5 handset. Shipment will begin in September 2011.

some time ago Apple released iPhone 4 of unlock version or not bound by contract with a particular operator likes before. This action is considered by observers as a signal of Apple for immediate released the iPhone 5.

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          Hitachi, Toshiba & Sony Will Working Together for LCD Business?   

A surprising rumor came from Japan. The electronics company, Hitachi is rumored involved in discussions with Toshiba and Sony to merge their unit of liquid-crystal display (LCD). Is it really?


As news reported by Reuters quoted by Tech's Eye on Thursday, June 30. 2011. Not only that, Reuters also mentioned that Hitachi was holding similar talks with Taiwanese giants manufacturing, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

If the discussions is realized, the cooperations of three Japanese electronics giant will no doubt became the world largest small panel maker. Reuters informant also claimed that the deal might be going to attract Innovation Network of Japan, which funded by government to inject up to $ 2, 5 billion to this unit.

Toshiba and Sony also rumored planning a merger to face fierce competition in the LCD business with other Asian competitors like Samsung.


Hitachi Business panel itself still has not been strong to face the competitors in the market. Hitachi requires a large investment on a regular basis to survive in the midst of a dynamic price competition.

Sharp, which is the largest LCD panel maker, they will shift focus from the panel TV to the small panel. So the competition will be more tight .
          I love malls. I hate that they’re dying. I have a suggestion: Teitel    

My soul is so suburban that when I visited the shopping mall of my youth last week (Hillcrest Mall in Richmond Hill), I nearly cried because of how much it had changed. Gone was the Mr. Sub, the Zellers, and, saddest of all, the General Store: an overpriced knick-knack shop that sold model cars and special items for left-handed people (my late Bubbie Shoshie called this the “crap store”; clearly she wasn’t the only one who felt this way).

Those who grew up in cities might be under the impression that every suburb and shopping mall is more or less the same. And perhaps to outsiders they are. But if you’re an insider — if you grew up, like I did, on a residential grid of cookie cutter houses — you don’t feel this way. In fact, it’s precisely because you weren’t spoiled with stuff to look at that you’re more attuned to the details of your environment. The sameness of the landscape sharpens your senses. As a result, you know your Indigo, your Silver City, your Kelseys restaurant and of course, your mall, like the back of your hand. (I could pick the Richmond Hill Indigo out of a lineup blindfolded.)

But no matter how well we know our suburban landmarks and defend their existence to our city-slicker friends, they are apparently not long for this world.

Read more: How neighbourhood malls are struggling to survive

According to new research published by Credit Suisse, 20 to 25 per cent of all malls in the U.S. are projected to close by the year 2022. This month, Sears Canada, a mall mainstay, announced plans to close 59 stores, a move that will result in the elimination of nearly 3000 jobs.

Retail analyst Robert Warren says there are a few major contributing factors to the demise of the North American mall: the baby boomer demographic isn’t spending at malls as often as it once did, millennial consumers want more choice — which they can find online — and TV streaming gives us more reason than ever to stay home.

But there’s something else in the mall-decline mix too. And that’s the reality that at the vast majority of North American malls, there simply isn’t enough to do. Most western shopping centres are devoted almost exclusively to retail, which means if you aren’t buying clothes or renewing your criminally overpriced cellphone plan, you don’t have much reason to stick around after you’ve run your errands.

In many parts of Asia, however, the opposite is true. This winter, I travelled throughout Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan, where I observed and participated in a mall culture totally unlike our own. Nearly every mall I visited had some element of amusement totally unrelated to the purchasing of stuff. No matter how small, every shopping centre was a miniature West Edmonton Mall, complete with at least one of the following amenities: an aquarium, an arcade, a petting zoo, a batting cage, a bowling ally, laser tag, a high-tech photo booth, a pop culture-themed restaurant, a karaoke stall and even occasionally a museum.

What’s more, it wasn’t just families with young children and teens using these amenities; they were popular with everybody, regardless of age. In East Asia, it became clear to me very quickly that there’s no shame in enjoying the recreational activities you loved as a kid well into adulthood.

Warren says Canadian shopping centres might benefit from the amusement model popular in Asian malls. He even notes that where West Edmonton Mall does well is on “the theme stuff.”

“(Asian) malls are different than ours in that they’ve turned them into entertainment locations,” Warren says. “I think with the massive population we’re (Canada) drawing in from Asia, if a mall operator started to do things like (adding more amusement) they’d draw those consumers in because it’s a bit of a touch of home for them.”

In my mind, the Asian mall model wouldn’t just attract new Canadians from Asian countries or tourists looking for a touch of home, but anyone looking for a variety of amusement in one place. Social media went wild this week with news that Cineplex opened the Rec Room in downtown Toronto — what is essentially a sprawling arcade for adults. Among the activities Torontonian millennials currently go nuts for: escape rooms, axe throwing, board game cafes and lining up for hours on Queen St. W. for something called “charcoal ice cream.”

All of these things point to the reality that millennial adults want to participate in recreational activities that don’t involve getting plastered and going to a bar or nightclub. Malls can use this desire for wholesome recreation to their advantage. Right now most of these activities are spread thin throughout the city and suburbs, often in repurposed warehouses. Why aren’t they at your local mall?

The suburban shopping centre is a town square. If you live in the suburbs, it’s where you go to see and be seen, especially in the wintertime, where the mall is pretty much the only public space you can go to and not freeze your butt off. For a lot of suburbanites, malls aren’t cultural dead zones. They’re meeting places, walking tracks and study spots. In other words, they’re hotbeds of culture. We can turn our noses up at them or we can save them. I say we save them, one arcade and board game cafe at a time. Hillcrest, I’m rooting for you.

Emma Teitel is a national affairs columnist.


          Curso para estrangeiros terá aulas de português e palestras sobre cultura e história do Brasil   

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Visita a Ouro Preto integra programação do curso

Vinte e oito estudantes estrangeiros chegam a Belo Horizonte neste fim de semana para participar, a partir desta segunda-feira, 3, do curso Understanding Brazil, com palestras sobre geografia, economia e fundamentos do sistema político brasileiro, além de aulas de português, mostra de cinema e excursões para Ouro Preto e Inhotim.

Os estudantes são provenientes de 12 países: Alemanha, Áustria, China, incluindo Hong Kong e Taiwan, Colômbia, Peru, Coreia do Sul, Estados Unidos, Reino Unido e Sérvia.

O curso tem duas semanas de duração, com aulas ministradas em inglês, por equipe de professores de diversos departamentos da UFMG. De segunda a quinta, pela manhã, haverá palestras de conteúdos correlatos a aspectos-chave do Brasil, como política brasileira, história, relações internacionais, geografia, direito, economia, artes e cultura.

À tarde, serão ministradas aulas de português para estrangeiros e às sextas-feiras ocorrerão excursões para Ouro Preto (dia 7) e Inhotim (dia 14).

A programação inclui, ainda, mostra brasileira de cinema, seguida de debates, nos dias 5, 10 e 12, sempre às 17h, na Faculdade de Ciências Econômicas (Face). Aberta ao público, a mostra será composta dos filmes A cidade onde envelheço, dirigido por Marília Rocha (dia 5, auditório 1070), Boi Neon, dirigido por Gabriel Mascaro (dia 10, auditório 1) e O Som ao redor, dirigido por Kleber Mendonça Filho (dia 12, auditório 1).

Estudos brasileiros
Coordenador do Centro de Estudos da Ásia Oriental, o idealizador da iniciativa, professor Gilberto Libânio, explica que o curso Understanding Brazil, inédito na UFMG, pode se tornar uma semente para que estrangeiros conheçam a Universidade e o país, incentivando-os a definir o Brasil como objeto de pesquisa.

Libânio, que é docente do Departamento de Ciências Econômicas, comenta que alguns estrangeiros, ao manterem contato com aspectos diversos do país, podem se sentir estimulados a realizar estudos brasileiros, em aspectos como política, economia, direito, geografia ou história. Libânio divide a coordenação do curso com o professor Alexandre Cunha, coordenador do Centro de Estudos Europeus.

Programação
Dia 3: Uma breve história do Brasil – Junia Furtado, do Departamento de História
Dia 4: Geografia do Brasil – Roberto Luis Monte-Mór, do Departamento de Economia
Dia 5: Uma introdução à cultura brasileira – Frederico Canuto, do Departamento de Urbanismo
Dia 6: Sociedade brasileira – Corinne Davis, do Departamento de Sociologia e Antropologia
Dia 10: Legislação brasileira – Aziz Saliba, da Faculdade de Direito
Dia 11: Fundamentos do sistema político brasileiro – Bruno Reis, do Departamento de Ciência Política
Dia 12: Economia brasileira – Gustavo Britto e João Romero, do Departamento de Economia
Dia 13: Aspectos-chave das relações exteriores brasileiras – Dawisson Lopes, do Departamento de Ciência Política
Dia 14: Arte contemporânea brasileira no Inhotim – Isabela Prado, da Escola de Design da UEMG


          Elliot Smith vinner Pokerstars Championship Macau   

Det var en av de längsta heads-up matcherna i pokerns historia, men tillslut kunde kanadensaren Elliot Smith lyfta Main Event trofén i Pokerstars Championship Macau.

Smith spelade mot lokalbon Terry Tang i 10,5 timma innan han lyckades vinna turneringen genom en klassisk flipp.

Med Ess-Kung limp/synade han Terry Tangs all-in pre-flop. Tang satt på pocketsexor, och när en sexa landade på floppen såg det ut som att maratonmatchen skulle fortsätta ännu längre, men turn och rivern gav Smith fyrfärgen samt förstapriset på $370,508.

Tang fick $331,816 i tröstpris.

Anonymt Finalbord

Finalbordet blev en relativt anonym historia. Den mest kända spelaren var den australiensiska grindern Daniel Laidlaw.

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Dealen drog ut på tiden

Laidlaw blev dock väldigt shortstackad med tre spelare kvar, och när han stoppade in sina sista marker med Ess-Tio så åkte han ut efter att Smith dragit ut honom med Kung-Fem.

När Laidlaw försvann satte Smith och Tang omedelbart igång at diskutera en deal. Det tog dem över en timma att komma överens, och eventuellt kom man fram till att dela upp prispengarna och lämna HK$300,000 att spela om.

Dealen ingick ej i den beräknade speltiden, och under den 10,5 timma långa heads-up duellen fick vi se färgstegar, en ledning som skiftade flera gånger och ovanligt få all-ins.

Övriga spelare på finalbordet var Avraham Oziel, Aymon Hata, Pete Chen, Yan Li och Xuan Tan.

Bästa svensk blev Sofia Lövgren. Hon slutade på 44:e plats för $13,000.

Totalt deltog 546 spelare. Det skapade en prispott på dryga $2,6M.

Nästa stopp för Pokerstars Championship blir i Monte Carlo mellan 25:e april till 5:e maj.

Resultat Main Event Pokerstars Championship Macau

Elliot Smith (Kanada) - $370,508 Terry Tang (Kina) - $331,816 Daniel Laidlaw (Australien) - $221,896 Avraham Oziel (Kanada) - $164,749 Aymon Hata (Tyskland) - $122,275 Pete Chen (Taiwan) - $90,741 Yan Li (Kina) - $67,058 Xuan Tan (Kina) - $49,682

(Alla summor är omräknade från Hong Kong Dollar.)



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          James Chen vinner Aussie Millions $25K Challenge för AUD$861K   

I helgen avgjordes den första Highroller-turneringen i 2017 års Aussie Millions, och det blev James Chen från Taiwan som gick hem med segern.

Pokerstars Championship i Bahamas hade knappt hunnit avslutas innan det var dags för nästa stopp på den internationella pokerscenen.

Populära Aussie Millions smygstartade visserligen för nästan två veckor sedan, men man kickade igång på allvar i fredags med en $25k Challenge.

Rekordupplaga

Turneringen visade sig bli det största Highroller-eventet som spelats på australiensisk mark.

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Brandon Adams, mest känd från Poker After Dark

Totalt registrerade sig 133 spelare, vilket trissade upp prispotten till AUD$3,192,000. Av dem skulle 14 stycken få betalt.

Claes Segebrecht från Tyskland blev den olyckliga spelaren att bubbla när hans Ess-Sju sprang in i Antoine Saouts pocketkungar.

När Mustapha Kanit sedan fick lämna på sjundeplats var det dags för ett finalbord.

Nick Petrangelo, Ryan D’Angelo, John Juanda, Antoine Saout, Brandon Adams och James Chen var spelarna som skulle göra upp om förstapriset på AUD$861,840 (US$648,098).

Petrangelo blev den första finalisten som tvingades röra sig mot railen. Han följdes av D’Angelo, Juanda och Saout.

Det gav oss ett heads-up möte mellan Brandon Adams och James Chen. Duellen höll på i över två timmar innan Chen lyckades avgöra.

Efter att ha grindat ner Adams stack fick han in det med A 3 mot J 4.

Floppen landade 10 5 2 vilket gav Adams ett färgdrag, turnen 3 gjorde att han la till ett stegdrag, men rivern 9 avslutade amerikanarens äventyr.

Resultat Ausse Millions $25K Challenge

Registreringar: 133
Inköp: AUD$25,000
Prispott: AUD$3,192,000

James Chen (Taiwan) – AUD$861,840 Brandon Adams (USA) – AUD$590,520 Antoine Saout (Frankrike) – AUD$383,040 John Juanda (Indonesien) – AUD$287,280 Ryan D’Angelo (USA) – AUD$156,017 Nick Petrangelo (USA) – AUD$108,012

(Källa resultat; aussiemillions.com)

Martin Jacobson i Main Event

Martin Jacobson
Jacobson vidare till Dag 2

Igår startade festivalens Main Event, och 212 spelare kom till start för Dag 1A.

Inga officiella chipcounts har presenterats, men enligt liverapporteringen är Martin Jacobson vidare till Dag 2 med 49,300 marker i stacken.

Sam Ingham leder med 161,100 bakom sig.

Andra noterbara namn som valt Dag 1A är Jennifer Tilly (85k), novembernian Vojtech Ruzicka (68k), Cate Hall (67k) och Rainer Kempe (58k).

Dag 1B drar igång idag klockan 12.30 lokal tid, och du kan följa actionen via Aussie Millions liveraportering här.



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          WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF A U.S.-CHINA WAR? / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL   

What Are the Odds of a U.S.-China War?

Handicapping whether the rise of one power inevitably leads to armed conflicto

By Andrew Browne

Is President Donald Trump’s vision for ‘America First’ on a collision course with Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’? Here, Mr. Trump welcomes the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6. Photo: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS


SHANGHAI—Two fiery nationalists— Xi Jinping and Donald Trump —now occupy the seats of power in Beijing and Washington.

In their mission to make their countries great again, one pursues the “China Dream,” one “America First.” Both see the other as the chief obstacle to their ambition; they’re locked into a zero-sum competition.

Halting efforts to cooperate on North Korea have papered over deep tensions on a range of issues including the South China Sea.

Are the U.S. and China headed for war? That has been the recent hot question in China circles, spurred by a deluge of books that handicap the chances.

Graham Allison, the Harvard professor who popularized the term “Thucydides Trap” to describe the risk of conflict when a rising power challenges the incumbent, isn’t optimistic.

Thucydides, the Athenian historian and general, summarized the causes of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) in a single line of a monumental history: It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta, he wrote, that made conflict inevitable.

War has resulted in 12 out of 16 similar setups over the past 500 years, Mr. Allison asserts, including Germany’s challenge to Britain that led to World War I.

In a new book that bears the ominous title “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” he lays out how conflicts over trade, the South China Sea or cyberspace could all spin out of control.

It is “frighteningly easy to develop scenarios in which American and Chinese soldiers are killing each other,” he writes

Nonsense, responds the noted Sinologist Arthur Waldron, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania. War is by no means ordained.

In a caustic review of Mr. Allison’s book, he declares that the Thucydides Trap is a fallacy. Dig deeper into Thucydides’s text, he argues, and it becomes clear that Sparta, though warlike, tried to head off confrontation with Athens, at one point suggesting a simple compromise.

There’s much more here than an academic dispute over classical history.

Fundamentally, the two professors disagree in their estimates of China’s rise, and thus the severity of the challenge it represents to the U.S.-led order that has kept the peace since World War II.

Mr. Allison focuses on data showing China’s wealth and power soaring ever up.

Mr. Waldron dwells on figures that indicate China’s crippling vulnerabilities. He mentions chronic water shortages and energy wastage. Others point to an alarming surge in corporate debt and an aging population that could stall, or even reverse, growth.

Those who live in China, rather than observe it from afar, juggle both perspectives daily.

Inhale the toxic air in almost any city and it’s clear why wealthy Chinese are fleeing.

Yet, testifying to China’s creative energy are the fleets of emerald, blue and fluorescent orange bicycles that have overrun the same cities in a matter of months as multiple startups have jumped into a bike-sharing business powered by smartphone apps.

China is choking to death; China is vibrant. Both are true. Washington’s challenge is to make sense of these contradictions, and steer a policy course that avoids the extremes of capitulation and reckless belligerence.

The Obama administration was timid; Beijing seized the opportunity to start turning the South China Sea into a Chinese lake.

To the extent that the Trump administration has a China policy, it’s on hold due to North Korea.

Mr. Trump has suspended the verbal hostilities he unleashed on the campaign trail in hopes that his Chinese counterpart will use his influence to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear program. If, as seems likely, Mr. Xi can’t, or won’t, deliver a solution this truce could quickly crumble.

Influential voices are urging a hard line. Ely Ratner, a senior fellow at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, recommended last week the U.S. should consider basing troops on disputed South China Sea islands. Whether the White House takes that inflammatory suggestion, once its disillusion with Beijing’s North Korea efforts sets in, expect renewed bellicosity on issues from trade to Taiwan.

There’s little doubt about Chinese intentions. As the journalist Howard French points out in his erudite book “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power,” China aspires to restore its position at the pinnacle of East Asia.

The coming decades, he writes, will involve “a certain amount of yielding to China.”

How much will depend on a fine understanding of Chinese capabilities. While China has made giant leaps in military technology—enough to strike U.S. aircraft carriers—it will become progressively harder and more expensive to advance further.

In a speech two years ago, Mr. Xi insisted that “there is no such thing as the so-called Thucydides trap.” But he went on to warn against strategic miscalculations by unnamed “major countries” that “might create such traps.”

The next few years will be perilous: The risks of conflict can’t simply be dismissed. Mr. Waldron, though, is confident that Chinese leaders would quickly smother any unintended conflict rather than escalate and risk their country’s ruin.

“They are, after all, not idiots,” he writes.
          'Outraged': China urges US to back out of Taiwan deal   
China has urged the US to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $US1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April...
          Asus Zenfone 3 Laser si aggiorna ad Android Nougat 7.1.1   

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser si aggiorna ad Android Nougat 7.1.1
Tecnoandroid

Lo smarphone della casa Taiwanese, presentato al termine del 2016, sta ricevendo un importante aggiornamento che porta Android all’ultima versione, la 7.1.1. Asus Zenfone 3 Laser si aggiorna all’ultima versione Android Asus ha iniziato, proprio in queste ore, a rilasciare un nuovo importante aggiornamento ad uno dei suoi ultimi smartphone, lo Zenfone 3 Laser (modello […]

Asus Zenfone 3 Laser si aggiorna ad Android Nougat 7.1.1
Tecnoandroid


          United States plans to sell arms to Taiwan in defiance of China   

The United States plans to sell Taiwan $US1.42 billion ($1.85 billion) in arms, the first such sale under Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China.
          Unbelievable age of mother & her two daughters   
  Know the mother and her two daughters, their identity and age Get acquainted with this family in Taiwan They are probably the only family in the world who hold their youth, incredibly. It is not far ahead of all. See the picture above. Even if you look very well, it seems that three sisters ...
          The Chimpossible Dream   

Outspoken Chimp is sitting with friends watching himself on a video for the umpteenth time. The video concerns the seasonal takeover of a chain of wine stores by a bunch of likeable, if unruly chimps, and Outspoken has convinced himself and all around him that he is by far the star of the show. A former tabloid journalist, he has a great flair for persuading people to believe the clearly improbable. As another bottle of Girouette Sauvignon Blanc is passed around, the rather surprising finale takes him back to his journalistic heyday.

Girouette-Sauvignon-Blanc

'MUST WE FLING THIS FILTH AT OUR POP KIDS?' blared a headline in the Sunday People, back in the punk era, above a hysterical piece that accused the New Musical Express of covering the new music's attendant hysteria in tones verging on the hysterical. Even by tabloid standards, this was award-winning gobbledegook! Not to be outdone, Outspoken swung straight on to the bandwagon. Picking randomly on Mancunian no-hopers, Primate Scream, the Daily Spud's front page article 'PUNK ROCK DRUG HOUNDS BEAT UP VICAR' carried nothing to substantiate its headline, but seethed with enough ill-conceived outrage to drive the band's record sales through the roof. Outspoken subsequently left Grub Street behind, making the trek to Manchester to work as the band's PR. Tied up in the boot of their Austin Allegro, by his own account...

Outspoken-Banner

The band went from strength to strength, or at least from stunt to stunt, until their singer, Passionate Chimp, began to feel restless. The sincerity with which he dealt with the band's subject matter - creationism, species-ism, dodgy Clint Eastwood films - was beyond reproach, but he was wishing the audience would show their approval with something other than phlegm. Maybe they could leave flowers at the front of the stage, like they did for Barbra Streisand, or a bottle of deliciously elegant wine like Domaine Condamine Syrah-Mourvèdre, or even throw their...ahem, that's quite enough now...

Syrah-Mourvedre

On a night off in the middle of a tour, he wanders into a cabaret club in Liverpool. A listless turn has the audience tapping their toes politely while eating chicken in a basket and gazing into glasses of Vin Tres Ordinaire. During the interval, Passionate Chimp takes the stage and starts cautiously to sing 'The Way We Were', an evolutionary favourite. The bouncers move to throw him off until they notice that people are paying attention. He glides into '(They Long To Be) Close To You', an anti-creationism classic, and people are looking fondly into each other's eyes and swaying gently while they push the boat out with some Anxo Albarino.

Anxo-Martin

By 'Ape-ril In Paris', the original act has packed up and wobbled home, having drowned his mediocrity with Kavalan Concert Master Taiwanese whisky; and as Passionate brings the house down with 'Lover Come Back To Me', the man with the bucket of 'roses for the lady' has sold out completely, the whole lot piled up at the front of the stage! The audience are on their feet, grown men are in tears and the club is in uproar, and as Passionate Chimp gathers up the flowers, buried among them he sees - yes! - underwear! A Littlewoods panty girdle with a phone number written on it in lipstick. Passionate hasn't been here an hour and already he has arrived!

Passionate-Banner

Making notes in a dark corner stands Outspoken himself. Even he has never convinced so many people so unequivocally of his own greatness. He mooches over to a man in a sheepskin coat, his hands bedecked with sovereign rings, and starts making arrangements.

Is this the end for Primate Scream? Will Tom Jones be dethroned by a chimpanzee? Will our hero dial the number on the Littlewoods passion killers? Tune in next week, and in the meantime keep the heat turned up with a bottle of La Multa Garnacha, a hot blooded continental with a powerful body that you won't want to share with anybody else!

La-Multa


          USA planerar stor vapenaffär med Taiwan   

USA planerar att sälja vapen för 1,42 miljarder dollar, drygt 12 miljarder kronor, till Taiwan.


          USA bekrefter milliardvåpensalg   
USA bekrefter at de har planer om å selge våpen til en verdi av rundt 11 milliarder kroner til Taiwan.Dette ventes å provosere Kina, som ser på Taiwan som et del av sitt territorium.
          Mistaken identity of East Asian vine species resolved after 100 years   
New light has been shed on a misclassified vine species in the Ryukyu Islands of East Asia. This plant was first discovered in 1917 in Taiwan, when it was provisionally identified as Kadsura japonica. The plant was recently spotted again after 100 years, and further investigation proved that it was in fact a different species: Kadsura matsudae.
           Khởi động Taiwan Excellence 2017    
Ngày 29/6, Chiến dịch Taiwan Excellence 2017 đã chính thức được khởi động lần thứ 8 tại Việt Nam. Chiến dịch lần này giới thiệu những sản phẩm và công nghệ được vinh danh bởi “Giải thưởng Taiwan Excellence”, đến từ 66 thương hiệu thuộc nhiều nhóm ngành khác nhau như công nghệ thông tin, sản phẩm gia dụng, dụng cụ thể thao, thiết bị chăm sóc sức khỏe và phương tiện di chuyển.
          Élection de Tsai In-Wen à Taiwan : l'analyse de Patrice Dallaire   
Notre collègue Patrice Dallaire, diplomate en résidence, répond aux questions du Fil de l'Université Laval sur le changement de régime à Taiwan.
          Visual Research Conference Day 2   

Today (technically yesterday) marked the end of the Visual Research Conference. We saw some great stuff from Kate Hennessy, Guido Carlo Pigliasco and 3 of Peter Biella’s students from his Visual Anthropology class at San Francisco State University, including Dom Brassey. The conference ended at 2 pm. I stuck around for the 8:15 (African, Fijan, Italian, etc. time [I think that’s some kind of Anthropologist joke. I don’t quite it get since it seems to apply to such a broad spectrum of regions, nations, ethnicities, but I guess it refers to starting later than scheduled]) screening of Dick Werbner’s “Shade Seekers and The Mixer” and didn’t leave the Convention Center until 10, but I’m glad I did because the film was great and we got to talk to Dick about it.


I had lunch at an Indian restaurant where I got a “Naan: Spicy Lamb.” It was naan stuffed with spicy lamb, like a calzone, and served with some sauce for dipping. It was delicious and unexpected. I love the Bay Area. Not that there aren’t great places to eat and shop and generally “be” in Southern California, I’m just nostalgic about everything up here. I have a completely idealized view of Bay Area. Today I rode public transportation, Light Rail, for the first time since my visit to Holland in March. It was clean, quick, and cheap (as in free, though I paid [$3.50], my ticket wasn’t checked. I actually paid for 2 tickets because I didn’t know they were only good for 2 hours from the time of purchase not the entire day, oh well).


Aside from the food, my lunch was also very interesting because of my company. I feel a little uneasy about writing this here because of issues of informed consent. I don’t think my lunch date was informed, so I’m just going to give this to you as an anecdote, take from it what you will. I went to lunch with an undergraduate graphic design student from Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, Utah. I knew this going into lunch, I also knew that he came to the AAA Conference for the Society for Visual Anthropology’s Film and Video Festival to conduct research for his thesis project. He is interested in how people create biographies and collect, analyze, and archive objects and information in different cultures. He didn’t really have any idea what Anthropology was before registering for the conference, he just thought that the film festival would give him some insight into his thesis topic. Sitting at lunch, talking about how he even came across the conference and film festival in the first place, I was squirming to ask him, “So, are you Mormon?” He said yes. I asked if he went on a mission. He said yes. I asked where. He said Taiwan. We talked about that. It was very interesting. He was carrying around a nearly falling apart copy of Collier and Collier’s “Visual Anthropology” that he bought at a used bookstore in New York for $5. Nice guy, very interesting. When I said, “I don’t think me lunch date was informed,” I mean that I didn’t think he knew enough about Anthropology to know that, with me being an Anthropologist and him such an interesting subject, our conversation was inevitably a sort of field work. And, that’s why I’m not going to say anything more about that.


Again, long wake, short sleep. PEACE!


          Taiwan's president welcomes first U.S. arms deal under Trump   
Taiwan's leader welcomed news of the United States' first arms deal with the island under Trump.
          China's Charter 08   
China's Charter 08
New York Review of Books
Volume 56, Number 1 · January 15, 2009


Translated from the Chinese by Perry Link

The document below, signed by more than two thousand Chinese citizens, was conceived and written in conscious admiration of the founding of Charter 77 in Czechoslovakia, where, in January 1977, more than two hundred Czech and Slovak intellectuals formed a
loose, informal, and open association of people...united by the will to strive individually and collectively for respect for human and civil rights in our country and throughout the world.
The Chinese document calls not for ameliorative reform of the current political system but for an end to some of its essential features, including one-party rule, and their replacement with a system based on human rights and democracy.

The prominent citizens who have signed the document are from both outside and inside the government, and include not only well-known dissidents and intellectuals, but also middle-level officials and rural leaders. They chose December 10, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as the day on which to express their political ideas and to outline their vision of a constitutional, democratic China. They want Charter 08 to serve as a blueprint for fundamental political change in China in the years to come. The signers of the document will form an informal group, open-ended in size but united by a determination to promote democratization and protection of human rights in China and beyond.

Following the text is a postscript describing some of the regime's recent reactions to it.

—Perry Link
I. FOREWORD

A hundred years have passed since the writing of China's first constitution. 2008 also marks the sixtieth anniversary of the promulgation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the thirtieth anniversary of the appearance of the Democracy Wall in Beijing, and the tenth of China's signing of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. We are approaching the twentieth anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre of pro-democracy student protesters. The Chinese people, who have endured human rights disasters and uncountable struggles across these same years, now include many who see clearly that freedom, equality, and human rights are universal values of humankind and that democracy and constitutional government are the fundamental framework for protecting these values.

By departing from these values, the Chinese government's approach to "modernization" has proven disastrous. It has stripped people of their rights, destroyed their dignity, and corrupted normal human intercourse. So we ask: Where is China headed in the twenty-first century? Will it continue with "modernization" under authoritarian rule, or will it embrace universal human values, join the mainstream of civilized nations, and build a democratic system? There can be no avoiding these questions.

The shock of the Western impact upon China in the nineteenth century laid bare a decadent authoritarian system and marked the beginning of what is often called "the greatest changes in thousands of years" for China. A "self-strengthening movement" followed, but this aimed simply at appropriating the technology to build gunboats and other Western material objects. China's humiliating naval defeat at the hands of Japan in 1895 only confirmed the obsolescence of China's system of government. The first attempts at modern political change came with the ill-fated summer of reforms in 1898, but these were cruelly crushed by ultraconservatives at China's imperial court. With the revolution of 1911, which inaugurated Asia's first republic, the authoritarian imperial system that had lasted for centuries was finally supposed to have been laid to rest. But social conflict inside our country and external pressures were to prevent it; China fell into a patchwork of warlord fiefdoms and the new republic became a fleeting dream.

The failure of both "self- strengthening" and political renovation caused many of our forebears to reflect deeply on whether a "cultural illness" was afflicting our country. This mood gave rise, during the May Fourth Movement of the late 1910s, to the championing of "science and democracy." Yet that effort, too, foundered as warlord chaos persisted and the Japanese invasion [beginning in Manchuria in 1931] brought national crisis.

Victory over Japan in 1945 offered one more chance for China to move toward modern government, but the Communist defeat of the Nationalists in the civil war thrust the nation into the abyss of totalitarianism. The "new China" that emerged in 1949 proclaimed that "the people are sovereign" but in fact set up a system in which "the Party is all-powerful." The Communist Party of China seized control of all organs of the state and all political, economic, and social resources, and, using these, has produced a long trail of human rights disasters, including, among many others, the Anti-Rightist Campaign (1957), the Great Leap Forward (1958–1960), the Cultural Revolution (1966–1969), the June Fourth [Tiananmen Square] Massacre (1989), and the current repression of all unauthorized religions and the suppression of the weiquan rights movement [a movement that aims to defend citizens' rights promulgated in the Chinese Constitution and to fight for human rights recognized by international conventions that the Chinese government has signed]. During all this, the Chinese people have paid a gargantuan price. Tens of millions have lost their lives, and several generations have seen their freedom, their happiness, and their human dignity cruelly trampled.

During the last two decades of the twentieth century the government policy of "Reform and Opening" gave the Chinese people relief from the pervasive poverty and totalitarianism of the Mao Zedong era, and brought substantial increases in the wealth and living standards of many Chinese as well as a partial restoration of economic freedom and economic rights. Civil society began to grow, and popular calls for more rights and more political freedom have grown apace. As the ruling elite itself moved toward private ownership and the market economy, it began to shift from an outright rejection of "rights" to a partial acknowledgment of them.

In 1998 the Chinese government signed two important international human rights conventions; in 2004 it amended its constitution to include the phrase "respect and protect human rights"; and this year, 2008, it has promised to promote a "national human rights action plan." Unfortunately most of this political progress has extended no further than the paper on which it is written. The political reality, which is plain for anyone to see, is that China has many laws but no rule of law; it has a constitution but no constitutional government. The ruling elite continues to cling to its authoritarian power and fights off any move toward political change.

The stultifying results are endemic official corruption, an undermining of the rule of law, weak human rights, decay in public ethics, crony capitalism, growing inequality between the wealthy and the poor, pillage of the natural environment as well as of the human and historical environments, and the exacerbation of a long list of social conflicts, especially, in recent times, a sharpening animosity between officials and ordinary people.

As these conflicts and crises grow ever more intense, and as the ruling elite continues with impunity to crush and to strip away the rights of citizens to freedom, to property, and to the pursuit of happiness, we see the powerless in our society—the vulnerable groups, the people who have been suppressed and monitored, who have suffered cruelty and even torture, and who have had no adequate avenues for their protests, no courts to hear their pleas—becoming more militant and raising the possibility of a violent conflict of disastrous proportions. The decline of the current system has reached the point where change is no longer optional.

II. OUR FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES

This is a historic moment for China, and our future hangs in the balance. In reviewing the political modernization process of the past hundred years or more, we reiterate and endorse basic universal values as follows:

Freedom. Freedom is at the core of universal human values. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of assembly, freedom of association, freedom in where to live, and the freedoms to strike, to demonstrate, and to protest, among others, are the forms that freedom takes. Without freedom, China will always remain far from civilized ideals.

Human rights. Human rights are not bestowed by a state. Every person is born with inherent rights to dignity and freedom. The government exists for the protection of the human rights of its citizens. The exercise of state power must be authorized by the people. The succession of political disasters in China's recent history is a direct consequence of the ruling regime's disregard for human rights.

Equality. The integrity, dignity, and freedom of every person—regardless of social station, occupation, sex, economic condition, ethnicity, skin color, religion, or political belief—are the same as those of any other. Principles of equality before the law and equality of social, economic, cultural, civil, and political rights must be upheld.

Republicanism. Republicanism, which holds that power should be balanced among different branches of government and competing interests should be served, resembles the traditional Chinese political ideal of "fairness in all under heaven." It allows different interest groups and social assemblies, and people with a variety of cultures and beliefs, to exercise democratic self-government and to deliberate in order to reach peaceful resolution of public questions on a basis of equal access to government and free and fair competition.

Democracy. The most fundamental principles of democracy are that the people are sovereign and the people select their government. Democracy has these characteristics: (1) Political power begins with the people and the legitimacy of a regime derives from the people. (2) Political power is exercised through choices that the people make. (3) The holders of major official posts in government at all levels are determined through periodic competitive elections. (4) While honoring the will of the majority, the fundamental dignity, freedom, and human rights of minorities are protected. In short, democracy is a modern means for achieving government truly "of the people, by the people, and for the people."

Constitutional rule. Constitutional rule is rule through a legal system and legal regulations to implement principles that are spelled out in a constitution. It means protecting the freedom and the rights of citizens, limiting and defining the scope of legitimate government power, and providing the administrative apparatus necessary to serve these ends.

III. WHAT WE ADVOCATE

Authoritarianism is in general decline throughout the world; in China, too, the era of emperors and overlords is on the way out. The time is arriving everywhere for citizens to be masters of states. For China the path that leads out of our current predicament is to divest ourselves of the authoritarian notion of reliance on an "enlightened overlord" or an "honest official" and to turn instead toward a system of liberties, democracy, and the rule of law, and toward fostering the consciousness of modern citizens who see rights as fundamental and participation as a duty. Accordingly, and in a spirit of this duty as responsible and constructive citizens, we offer the following recommendations on national governance, citizens' rights, and social development:

1. A New Constitution. We should recast our present constitution, rescinding its provisions that contradict the principle that sovereignty resides with the people and turning it into a document that genuinely guarantees human rights, authorizes the exercise of public power, and serves as the legal underpinning of China's democratization. The constitution must be the highest law in the land, beyond violation by any individual, group, or political party.

2. Separation of Powers. We should construct a modern government in which the separation of legislative, judicial, and executive power is guaranteed. We need an Administrative Law that defines the scope of government responsibility and prevents abuse of administrative power. Government should be responsible to taxpayers. Division of power between provincial governments and the central government should adhere to the principle that central powers are only those specifically granted by the constitution and all other powers belong to the local governments.

3. Legislative Democracy. Members of legislative bodies at all levels should be chosen by direct election, and legislative democracy should observe just and impartial principles.

4. An Independent Judiciary. The rule of law must be above the interests of any particular political party and judges must be independent. We need to establish a constitutional supreme court and institute procedures for constitutional review. As soon as possible, we should abolish all of the Committees on Political and Legal Affairs that now allow Communist Party officials at every level to decide politically sensitive cases in advance and out of court. We should strictly forbid the use of public offices for private purposes.

5. Public Control of Public Servants. The military should be made answerable to the national government, not to a political party, and should be made more professional. Military personnel should swear allegiance to the constitution and remain nonpartisan. Political party organizations must be prohibited in the military. All public officials including police should serve as nonpartisans, and the current practice of favoring one political party in the hiring of public servants must end.

6. Guarantee of Human Rights. There must be strict guarantees of human rights and respect for human dignity. There should be a Human Rights Committee, responsible to the highest legislative body, that will prevent the government from abusing public power in violation of human rights. A democratic and constitutional China especially must guarantee the personal freedom of citizens. No one should suffer illegal arrest, detention, arraignment, interrogation, or punishment. The system of "Reeducation through Labor" must be abolished.

7. Election of Public Officials. There should be a comprehensive system of democratic elections based on "one person, one vote." The direct election of administrative heads at the levels of county, city, province, and nation should be systematically implemented. The rights to hold periodic free elections and to participate in them as a citizen are inalienable.

8. Rural–Urban Equality. The two-tier household registry system must be abolished. This system favors urban residents and harms rural residents. We should establish instead a system that gives every citizen the same constitutional rights and the same freedom to choose where to live.

9. Freedom to Form Groups. The right of citizens to form groups must be guaranteed. The current system for registering nongovernment groups, which requires a group to be "approved," should be replaced by a system in which a group simply registers itself. The formation of political parties should be governed by the constitution and the laws, which means that we must abolish the special privilege of one party to monopolize power and must guarantee principles of free and fair competition among political parties.

10. Freedom to Assemble. The constitution provides that peaceful assembly, demonstration, protest, and freedom of expression are fundamental rights of a citizen. The ruling party and the government must not be permitted to subject these to illegal interference or unconstitutional obstruction.

11. Freedom of Expression. We should make freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and academic freedom universal, thereby guaranteeing that citizens can be informed and can exercise their right of political supervision. These freedoms should be upheld by a Press Law that abolishes political restrictions on the press. The provision in the current Criminal Law that refers to "the crime of incitement to subvert state power" must be abolished. We should end the practice of viewing words as crimes.

12. Freedom of Religion. We must guarantee freedom of religion and belief, and institute a separation of religion and state. There must be no governmental interference in peaceful religious activities. We should abolish any laws, regulations, or local rules that limit or suppress the religious freedom of citizens. We should abolish the current system that requires religious groups (and their places of worship) to get official approval in advance and substitute for it a system in which registry is optional and, for those who choose to register, automatic.

13. Civic Education. In our schools we should abolish political curriculums and examinations that are designed to indoctrinate students in state ideology and to instill support for the rule of one party. We should replace them with civic education that advances universal values and citizens' rights, fosters civic consciousness, and promotes civic virtues that serve society.

14. Protection of Private Property. We should establish and protect the right to private property and promote an economic system of free and fair markets. We should do away with government monopolies in commerce and industry and guarantee the freedom to start new enterprises. We should establish a Committee on State-Owned Property, reporting to the national legislature, that will monitor the transfer of state-owned enterprises to private ownership in a fair, competitive, and orderly manner. We should institute a land reform that promotes private ownership of land, guarantees the right to buy and sell land, and allows the true value of private property to be adequately reflected in the market.

15. Financial and Tax Reform. We should establish a democratically regulated and accountable system of public finance that ensures the protection of taxpayer rights and that operates through legal procedures. We need a system by which public revenues that belong to a certain level of government—central, provincial, county or local—are controlled at that level. We need major tax reform that will abolish any unfair taxes, simplify the tax system, and spread the tax burden fairly. Government officials should not be able to raise taxes, or institute new ones, without public deliberation and the approval of a democratic assembly. We should reform the ownership system in order to encourage competition among a wider variety of market participants.

16. Social Security. We should establish a fair and adequate social security system that covers all citizens and ensures basic access to education, health care, retirement security, and employment.

17. Protection of the Environment. We need to protect the natural environment and to promote development in a way that is sustainable and responsible to our descendants and to the rest of humanity. This means insisting that the state and its officials at all levels not only do what they must do to achieve these goals, but also accept the supervision and participation of nongovernmental organizations.

18. A Federated Republic. A democratic China should seek to act as a responsible major power contributing toward peace and development in the Asian Pacific region by approaching others in a spirit of equality and fairness. In Hong Kong and Macao, we should support the freedoms that already exist. With respect to Taiwan, we should declare our commitment to the principles of freedom and democracy and then, negotiating as equals and ready to compromise, seek a formula for peaceful unification. We should approach disputes in the national-minority areas of China with an open mind, seeking ways to find a workable framework within which all ethnic and religious groups can flourish. We should aim ultimately at a federation of democratic communities of China.

19. Truth in Reconciliation. We should restore the reputations of all people, including their family members, who suffered political stigma in the political campaigns of the past or who have been labeled as criminals because of their thought, speech, or faith. The state should pay reparations to these people. All political prisoners and prisoners of conscience must be released. There should be a Truth Investigation Commission charged with finding the facts about past injustices and atrocities, determining responsibility for them, upholding justice, and, on these bases, seeking social reconciliation.

China, as a major nation of the world, as one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, and as a member of the UN Council on Human Rights, should be contributing to peace for humankind and progress toward human rights. Unfortunately, we stand today as the only country among the major nations that remains mired in authoritarian politics. Our political system continues to produce human rights disasters and social crises, thereby not only constricting China's own development but also limiting the progress of all of human civilization. This must change, truly it must. The democratization of Chinese politics can be put off no longer.

Accordingly, we dare to put civic spirit into practice by announcing Charter 08. We hope that our fellow citizens who feel a similar sense of crisis, responsibility, and mission, whether they are inside the government or not, and regardless of their social status, will set aside small differences to embrace the broad goals of this citizens' movement. Together we can work for major changes in Chinese society and for the rapid establishment of a free, democratic, and constitutional country. We can bring to reality the goals and ideals that our people have incessantly been seeking for more than a hundred years, and can bring a brilliant new chapter to Chinese civilization.
POSTSCRIPT

The planning and drafting of Charter 08 began in the late spring of 2008, but Chinese authorities were apparently unaware of it or unconcerned by it until several days before it was announced on December 10. On December 6, Wen Kejian, a writer who signed the charter, was detained in the city of Hangzhou in eastern China and questioned for about an hour. Police told Wen that Charter 08 was "different" from earlier dissident statements, and "a fairly grave matter." They said there would be a coordinated investigation in all cities and provinces to "root out the organizers," and they advised Wen to remove his name from the charter. Wen declined, telling the authorities that he saw the charter as a fundamental turning point in history.

Meanwhile, on December 8, in Shenzhen in the far south of China, police called on Zhao Dagong, a writer and signer of the charter, for a "chat." They told Zhao that the central authorities were concerned about the charter and asked if he was the organizer in the Shenzhen area.

Later on December 8, at 11 PM in Beijing, about twenty police entered the home of Zhang Zuhua, one of the charter's main drafters. A few of the police took Zhang with them to the local police station while the rest stayed and, as Zhang's wife watched, searched the home and confiscated books, notebooks, Zhang's passport, all four of the family's computers, and all of their cash and credit cards. (Later Zhang learned that his family's bank accounts, including those of both his and his wife's parents, had been emptied.) Meanwhile, at the police station, Zhang was detained for twelve hours, where he was questioned in detail about Charter 08 and the group Chinese Human Rights Defenders in which he is active.

It was also late on December 8 that another of the charter's signers, the literary critic and prominent dissident Liu Xiaobo, was taken away by police. His telephone in Beijing went unanswered, as did e-mail and Skype messages sent to him. As of the present writing, he's believed to be in police custody, although the details of his detention are not known.

On the morning of December 9, Beijing lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was called in for a police "chat," and in the evening the physicist and philosopher Jiang Qisheng was called in as well. Both had signed the charter and were friends of the drafters. On December 10—the day the charter was formally announced—the Hangzhou police returned to the home of Wen Kejian, the writer they had questioned four days earlier. This time they were more threatening. They told Wen he would face severe punishment if he wrote about the charter or about Liu Xiaobo's detention. "Do you want three years in prison?" they asked. "Or four?"

On December 11 the journalist Gao Yu and the writer Liu Di, both well-known in Beijing, were interrogated about their signing of the Charter. The rights lawyer, Teng Biao, was approached by the police but declined, on principle, to meet with them. On December 12 and 13 there were reports of interrogations in many provinces—Shaanxi, Hunan, Zhejiang, Fujian, Guangdong, and others—of people who had seen the charter on the Internet, found that they agreed with it, and signed. With these people the police focused on two questions: "How did you get involved?" and "What do you know about the drafters and organizers?"

The Chinese authorities seem unaware of the irony of their actions. Their efforts to quash Charter 08 only serve to underscore China's failure to uphold the very principles that the charter advances. The charter calls for "free expression" but the regime says, by its actions, that it has once again denied such expression. The charter calls for freedom to form groups, but the nationwide police actions that have accompanied the charter's release have specifically aimed at blocking the formation of a group. The charter says "we should end the practice of viewing words as crimes," and the regime says (literally, to Wen Kejian) "we can send you to prison for these words." The charter calls for the rule of law and the regime sends police in the middle of the night to act outside the law; the charter says "police should serve as nonpartisans," and here the police are plainly partisan.

Charter 08 is signed only by citizens of the People's Republic of China who are living inside China. But Chinese living outside China are signing a letter of strong support for the charter. The eminent historian Yu Ying-shih, the astrophysicist Fang Lizhi, writers Ha Jin and Zheng Yi, and more than 160 others have so far signed.

On December 12, the Dalai Lama issued his own letter in support of the charter, writing that "a harmonious society can only come into being when there is trust among the people, freedom from fear, freedom of expression, rule of law, justice, and equality." He called on the Chinese government to release prisoners "who have been detained for exercising their freedom of expression."

—Perry Link, December 18, 2008
          Malaysia International Summer Bible Conference   

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

I flew 20 hours in order to attend the first Asia International Summer Conference June 29-July 1 2017 at Kuala Lumpur Malaysia hosted by Malaysia UBF. I met Dr. John and Deborah Lee from Lincoln Park UBF at Tokyo Narita Airport. Shep. Vincent Lee who met Christ while studying in Univ. of Chicago was greeted us with a big smile and we hugged each other. He drove us to the conference place-the council of churches of Malaysia (CCM).The room was clean and nice. There was no TV or any other media entertainment. After a long journey, I slept around 2 AM like a rock. In the morning, I met Shep. Ison Hong, the director of Malaysia UBF who met Christ through Bob Henkins IIT ministry while studying in USA and later grew in faith with the support of Springfield UBF ministry.

Ison Hong and Vincent Lee returned to their home country of Malaysia and began to serve the gospel ministry for University of Malaysia. I found good mission model in USA mission work-raise up disciples of all foreign students and send them back to their native country to pioneer the campuses of their home country. They will not have language or cultural barriers to serve the gospel work in their home country.

There are five faithful coworkers in Malaysia UBF-Ison Hong, Vincent Lee, Huong Eng, Lee Hung, and Kok Meng. Ison Hong will establish a house church with Nicky Teng from Kaohsiung Taiwan (Dr. Steve and Allison Haga’s ministry) after the conference. God will bless first house church in Malaysia as a sign of blessing.

This conference is a historical event in two points.

First, the native leaders organized this conference with their pioneering spirit and working together. There was no international conference because there is no common language in Asia. But they overcome language barriers and agreed together and prepared the conference using English as the common language. Everything is possible when we believe. It was their act of faith. Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Brunei, and USA joined this conference. Seventy-five people registered and they have full of spirit and joy.

Second, the words of Isaiah were powerful. The conference theme was “Grace and Peace” from Isaiah chapters 40-55. In spite of the rebellion and disobedience, unfaithfulness of Israel, God did not forget his people and comforted them while they were in exile. God did not forget them though they complained their hopeless situations. They will soar like an eagle when they put hope in God. Dr. Steve Haga delivered the opening message based on Isaiah 40:27-31 with the title “Wait” and Ison Hong delivered the first lecture based on Isaiah 40”1-11 with the title “Comfort.” The messages were powerful enough comforting all attendants with the word of encouragements and hope of God. The second lecture will be delivered by Vincent Lee with the title “Believe”. The third lecture by Bob Henkins with the title “Sing” and the fourth lecture by Jimmon Rubilos with the title “Come.” There will be life testimonies. They arranged pre-conference tours of Kuala Lumpur like city galleries, twin towers, and old palaces.

Kuala Lumpur used to be a muddy tin mine town. Now it was transformed into the most beautiful garden city of the world.  Modern Malaysia is a multicultural and multiracial society of approximately 22 million people were ethnic Malays, Chinese and Indians live together in relative harmony. While Islam is the official religion of Malaysia, freedom of worship is guaranteed and widely practiced. Ethnic Malays are, for the most part, Muslim; Chinese mainly Buddhist or Christian; and Indians follow Hinduism as their main religion. The national language is Bahasa Malaysia (similar to Indonesian); however, as a result of the British colonial period, English is widely spoken and is a compulsory subject in schools. Other main languages found in Malaysia include various Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Hokkien, or Hakka), and Tamil or Hindi amongst the Indian population.

Please pray for the conference to reveal the glory of God and grace and peace in the gospel of Jesus.

Pray for the wedding ceremony between Ison Hong and Nicky (Becky) Teng after the conference.

May God bless you richly!

Jacob Lee from Kuala Lumpur

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          Washington plans $1.42 bn arms sale to Taiwan   
The State Department said the package included technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components. The US is the sole arms supplier to Taiwan, which China deems its own and has never renounced the use of force to bring the self-ruled island under its control.
          Alkimija vodstva in organizacije   
Inovacije so v sodobnem svetu spoznane kot ključno sredstvo za ustvarjanje novih vrednosti. Njihove značilnosti danes prispevajo k razvoju globalne ekonomije. Še več, zaradi značilnosti lastnih inovativnosti, vstopamo v nove dimenzije gospodarskih in družbenih odnosov, ki kažejo na nove možnosti sodelovanja in sobivanja na tem planetu.
Pojmovanje inovativnosti je ponudilo veliko priložnosti za uspešen razvoj vseh členov sodobne družbe. Toda, da ga lahko uspešno izkoristimo, potrebujemo dinamične, raznovrstne sisteme z nehierarhičnimi in horizontalnimi strukturami.

Vir: Dirk Oellibrandt
Inovacije nam omogočijo, da raznovrstne vidike in večplastne zmožnosti izražamo v vedno znova novih oblikah izdelkov, uslug in rešitev, ki ustvarjajo vrednost in vzpodbujajo trajnostni ter uspešni razvoj družb. Vendar smo za njihovo uporabo in aplikativnost v praksi, odgovorni ljudje z razumevanjem posledic dejanj, ki te novosti manifestirajo v naše življenje. V obratnem primeru lahko te iste novosti enako učinkovito povzročijo uničenje in trpljenje.
Priporočeno branje:
Bulc, V. (2013, 24. -26. junij) Mass participation in innovation – the foundation of a modern organization and beyond. Hag: ICE & IEEE-ITMC konferenca 2013 (eng)

You tube: Jef Staes Red Monkey, marec 2014
V naprednih, inovacijsko usmerjenih družbah vedno bolj spoznavamo, da voditelji v organizacijah in delovnih skupinah znova igrajo sicer pomembno, vendar povsem drugačno vlogo kot v preteklosti. Namesto hierarhizirane avtoritete, ki vse ve najbolje in v delovni skupini ali organizaciji odločitve sprejema v imenu vseh, uspešni sodobni voditelji vidijo svojo vlogo:

•    v oblikovanju ustreznih pogojev, ki ljudem omogočijo, da lahko uspešno delujejo;
•    v prepoznavanju zmožnosti in osebne zavzetosti vsakega posameznika;
•    v ustvarjanju raznovrstnih zvez med sodelavci, ki omogočijo, da se učinkovito in dejavno odzovejo na potrebe posameznih skupnosti.

Voditelji se aktivno priključijo ustvarjanju organizacijskih, družbenih in poslovnih inovacij. S tem navdihujejo in nudijo prostor ljudem, ki si upajo seči onstran utečenih meja.

Priporočeno branje:
•    Bulc, V. (2013, julij) Connecting Evolution and Involution to Create a Positive Foundation for an Eco-Civilization. Tajvan: International Conference on Social Environmental Education for an Emerging Eco-Civilization
•    Bulc, V. (2011, april). "Leadership Within". A leadership style for evolving organisations. Ljubljana: InCo International Conference 2011
•    YouTube: Leadership Within (Do we still need to lead), 2011
Toda kako in kje lahko spoznamo in razvijemo tovrstne vodstvene sposobnosti? Dirk Oellibrandt, naš današnji gost, nas vabi in predlaga, da o njih razmišljamo v luči alkimije.

Sodobno usmerjenim voditeljem pritrjuje, da v poslovnem svetu vedno bolj potrebujemo voditelje, ki so sposobni gledati, razmišljati, čutiti, se sporazumevati in voditi na način, ki se razlikuje od utečenih pristopov. Vendar ne glede na to le poredkoma naletimo na metode, ki so res drugačne in hkrati praktično koristne.

Slika: Dirk Oellibrandt
Vir: osebni arhiv
Več o Dirk-u
Alkimija se morda sliši kot „pravljica v oblakih“, ki se ji je treba v poslovnem svetu na daleč izogniti. Toda alkimija preprosto pomeni polno izrabiti obstoječe možnosti in na pravi način uskladiti vse nujno potrebne vsebine, da dobimo želeno kakovostno višjo stvaritev (npr. zlato)

Takšno celovito sposobnost najlažje ustvarimo, ko združimo in uskladimo delovanje vseh štirih človeških prvin (telesnih, čustvenih, umskih in duhovnih). Voditelj, ki obvlada te štiri potenciale vodenja, na direktorskem položaju deluje prominentno in pomeni magnet za nove poslovne priložnosti.


Izvirnost pristopa programa „Življenjski projekti“ (Life Projects) omogoči, da lahko dve od teh domen, ki jih drugače le redko upoštevamo pri razpravi – namreč fizično in duhovno dimenzijo, praktično in donosno izkoristimo tako v organizaciji kakor pri uvajanju. To dokazujejo naše izkušnje v firmah Microsoft, Nacional Police Holland in mnogih drugih.

Načelo “Organizmacije” v vaši organizaciji uporablja princip delovanja živih organizmov. Vaše delovanje vam pomaga preobraziti iz napol mrtvega in dolgočasnega poslovanja v živo organizacijo. Pokaže, kako v vašo delovno skupino in podjetje spet pripeljati nazaj pravo naravo. 

Vabilo na „Delavnico o alkimiji vodenja in organizacije“:
Ste voditelj oziroma strokovnjak, ki bi rad prebudil speče moči v sebi, v vaši delovni skupini, v organizaciji ali pri vaših strankah? Naučite se, kako izdelati zlato. Obudite in prinesite na površje najboljše v sebi ali v drugih okoli sebe. Naravni način kako učinkovito zgraditi trajnostno poslovnost in družbo višje kvalitete.

Kje & kdaj & kaj:
1.    Celodnevni program v nedeljo, 6. aprila, 2014 v Ljubljani
2.    Triurni pregledni program v ponedeljek, 7. aprila, 2014 v Ljubljani
Dva voditelja, ki sta izvajala naš program, sta jasno izjavila: “Spet sem dobil nazaj svoje življenje.”

V tovrstnem pristopu se življenje in vodenje prepleteta. To omogoči, da postanete navdih tudi za svojo okolico, saj jo boste vzpodbujali s trdnejšimi vrednotami, modrostjo, ustvarjalnostjo in razumom.

Svoje vodstvene dejavnosti boste opravljali z notranjo lahkoto. Globlje kvalitete in sposobnosti bodo počasi izplavale na površje. Že prej osvojene umske in čustvene sposobnosti seveda pomenijo dodano vrednost temu stanju.
Vir: Dirk Oellibrandt

Čas je, da se ozremo navznoter, se pridružimo velikemu podjetju/materi (naravi) in se naučimo, kako razpoložljive moči presojati na podlagi notranjih potencialov naše delovne skupine ali organizacije. Tako se bo prikazal svet neskončnih možnosti, v katerem se bosta medsebojno zlila tako svetovni uspeh kakor osebno zadovoljstvo.

Prikaz na Youtube: http://youtu.be/eRPvewi8BoI

Vir: Dirk Oellibrandt

Hvala Dirk, za to globoko in tako človeško sporočilo. Da, vodenje je scela povezano z ljudmi, ljudmi in spet ljudmi. Tako preprosto, a tako pogosto pozabljeno.

Osti jarej, Violeta

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          Ob prehodu iz 2013 v 2014   
Spoštovane, spoštovani!

Iskrena hvala za vse priložnosti, ki smo jih uspeli skupaj nagovoriti, razviti in uspešno udejanjiti v letu 2013.


Iskrena hvala za pripravljenost skupnega odkrivanja novega, neznanega in drugačnega.


Tudi zaradi vas je Vibacom segel v roke še enemu izjemnemu, inovativnemu, produktivnemu in uspešnemu letu:


-    predstavitev primerov naših dobrih praks in poslovnih modelov (BTC, InCo gibanje, Challenge Future, Srce Slovenije, evolucijski modeli, modeli za množično inoviranje, inovacijsko komuniciranje, inovacijsko infrastrukturo, celostno odločanje, metodologije za trajnostni razvoj) v sedmih (7) državah: Avstrija, Nizozemska, Vietnam, Tajvan, Črna gora, Brazilija, Litva;
-    soustvarjanje prebojnih razvojnih projektov z: BTC d.d., TPV d.d., Nuklearna elektrarna Krško d.o.o., RRA Notranjsko-kraške regije, d.o.o. na osnovi sistematičnega, celoletnega sodelovanja
-    8 manjših kratkotrajnejših projektov, 20 delavnic, 24 predavanj
-    strokovni predmeti na Fakulteti MCI (Salzburg), Fakulteti DOBA (Maribor) in Fakulteti za dizajn (Ljubljana), gostujoče predavanje na University of Applied Science Upper Austria;
-    soorganizacija svetovne konference sistemske znanosti Vietnam 2013 (The 57th World Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences)
-    izid knjige “The magic of contribution” www.themagicofcontribution.si in njen uraden vstop v mednarodni prostor julija 2013 v Vietnamu;
-    celoletna polna podpora InCo gibanju pri razvoju vsebin,
organizaciji dogodkov in komuniciranu njegovih izjemnih rezultatov: 7 dogodkov,  24 (zaznanih) medijskih objav o InCo gibanju, 16 srečanj, 212 udeležencev www.incogibanje.si 


Slika: utrinki Vibacoma 2013

-    mednarodne publikacije:
• Bulc, V. (2013, julij) Connecting Evolution and Involution to Create a Positive Foundation for an Eco-Civilization. Tajvan: International Conference on Social Environmental Education for an Emerging Eco-Civilization (angl)
• Bulc, V., & Wilmshurst., J. (2013) Education for emerging societies. Vietnam: Mednarodna konferenca sistemske znanosti in sistemskega razmišljanja (angl)
• Bulc, V., & Kovačič, V. (2013, junij) Intuitivno odločanje - korak k sistemskemu razmišljanju in celostnemu inoviranu. Revija HRM, letnik II, (53) (slo)
• Bulc, V. (2013, 24. -26. junij) Mass participation in innovation – the foundation of a modern organization and beyond. Hag: ICE & IEEE-ITMC konferenca 2013 (angl)
• Rangus, K. & Drnovšek, M. (2013). Open innovation in Slovenia: A comparative analysis of different firm sizes. Economic and Business Review, 15(3), 175–196. (angl)
•Rangus, K. & Drnovšek, M. (2013). Proclivity for Open Innovation: Construct Conceptualization and Empirical Validation. V: Academy of management Proceedings 2013, 11.-13. Avgust 2013 Lake Buena Vista (Orlando), Florida. (angl)
-    21 (zaznanih) medijskih objav o podjetju Vibacom
-    28.700 zadetkov na spletu na besedo vibacom in 7.800 zadetkov na besedo inco gibanje (ter 2.140 zadetkov na besedo incomovement)

                                 HVALA leto 2013


In že je tu leto 2014. Leto iskrenih povezovanj in videnja dobrega v drugih. Naj vas navdahne in napolni z energijo svetlobe, ki vedno znova prebije temo in v nas prebuja najžlahtnejše dimenzije.

Morda vas poveže ponovno tudi z nami v mrežo ustvarjalnega zanosa, ki v prostoru oblikuje novo vrednost in krepi nasmeh.  Lepo je sobivati z vami, čutiti vašo prisotnost, vaše navdihe in se učiti od vaših dejanj; lepo je prepletati in manifestirati z vami vse kar čutimo, vidimo, vemo, v konkretne rezultate, ki odgovarjajo na konkretne izzive.


“Črta se umika krogu, planiranje modeliranju, oddelki miselnim ustrojem, vrednostne verige prepletenim vrednostnim mrežam; človek prepoznava višji smisel življenja in z ljubeznijo sprejema raznolikost, lepoto,  naravne ritme, samega sebe.”


Na krilih modrosti, globine in radosti bomo leto zaužili z vsako celico naše biti. Naj bo dober partner tudi vam!


                               DOBRODOŠLO LETO 2014!


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              BIN@BRAZIL – nova globalna izkušnja   
    Nova dežela. Novo vznemirjenje. Nova presenečenja. Nova prilagoditev globalne slike. Brazilija je ponudila vse to in sprejela sem njene vibracije s hvaležnostjo in radovednostjo. Prinesla pa sem jim naše izkušnje, poglede in primere dobrih praks. Slovenske zgodbe, ki temeljijo na trajnostnem razvoju, družbeni odgovornosti in inovativnosti: zgodbo projekta Challenge:Future, InCo gibanja, BTC poslovnega sistema. Na njihovo povabilo. Čeprav Slovenija ni prisotna v nobenih njihovih gospodarskih statistikah, so pogovori izničili velikost, razdaljo, neznano. Prevladovali so resnični izzivi inovativnosti, gospodarskega razvoja, tehnoloških priložnosti, ovir in odgovornosti. Angažiranje množic in vsesplošnega družbenega razvoja vznemirja mnoge (Čile, Portugalsko, Brazilijo, Slovenijo, Švedsko, Peru, Veliko Britanijo, ipd.). Prevzela so nas ugibanja o novem svetu, novih globalnih premikih, internacionalizaciji. Vesela sem, da se mi je ponudila ta priložnost. Čutim, da to ni moj zadnji obisk.  To je zgodba mojih poslovnih izkušenj. Obrigada Brazil!

    Slika: Violeta Bulc na BIN@BRAZIL 2013
    Vir: Vibacom arhiv

    Ključna spoznanja:
    1. Do sedaj največja raznolikost ljudi na vseh nivojih in okoljih vsakdanjega življenja. Celo do te mere, da mi ni uspelo prepoznati prevladujočega izgleda. Še danes ne vem, kako izgleda človek iz Brazilije, kako ga prepoznati v množici vseh različnih skupin narodov. Seveda to velja za mesta.  Mesta, ki se pospešeno razvijajo kot samostojne celote sredi naravnih prostranstev. Hkrati pa moram izpostaviti prijaznost in ustrežljivost ljudi. Vidi se, da je stopnja brezposelnosti nižja od 5%. To pa ima tudi negativne vplive, saj ljudje veliko krožijo med službami, ne da bi pri tem utrdili in preizkusili nova znanja.

    Slika z ulice; Ribeirão Preto
    Vir: Vibacom arhiv
    2. Brezmejnost podeželja. Stotine kilometrov polj (plantaže sladkornega trsa, pomarančevcev, kavovcev, kakavovcev, ipd.) in gozdov. Ceste so ravne, tu in tam kmetija in bencinska postaja z restavracijo. Mnoge nianse zelene te kar posrkajo vase. Podeželje ima drugačno duhovno dimenzijo. Imam občutek, da nevidne moči Brazilije še niso vključene v njihova poslovna razmišljanja. Poslovni jezik je zelo stvaren, logičen, tehnološki.

    Slika: podeželje na poti iz Ribeirão Preto v São Carlos
    Vir: Vibacom arhiv

    3. Izjemen poudarek je na gospodarskem razvoju. Glavni cilj – preboj na globalne trge in umestitev med najmočnejša gospodarstva na svetu. Vodilna pozicija je velika motivacija, še posebej za zvezdno državo São Paulo, ki je gonilna gospodarska sila v Federativni Republiki Braziliji (lokacija naše konference). To je sicer v nasprotju z njihovo notranjo politiko, ki dovoljuje v večini primerov vstop na brazilski trg le tako, da pri njih razviješ proizvodnjo preko partnerstva z lokalnimi predstavniki. Tovrstna samozadostnost, ki ni enkratna le Braziliji, vzpodbuja razvoj poslovnih modelov, ki ne delujejo v smeri odprtih, vključujočih sistemov in cvetočega Planeta. Upam, da bo Brazilija našla svojo lastno pot razvoja, vzpodbujala nove poslovne modele, ki kapitalizirajo izjemno imigrantsko tradicijo in raznolikost, ki je še vedno podprta z močnim prilivom svežega znanja iz vseh koncev sveta.

    Slika: skupinska slika na zaključku
    Vir: Vibacom arhiv

    4. Pomanjkanje izobraženih ljudi. Primanjkuje jim več kot 40.000 inženirjev vseh profilov. Vidno je pomanjkanje znanja tujih jezikov. Celo v hotelih, kjer se neprestano izmenjujejo tuji gosti, govorijo in razumejo angleško le redki. To prepoznavajo kot izziv internacionalizaciji. Izkušnje portugalskih podjetij, ki so tu množično prisotne, kažejo na številne izzive za razvoj stabilnega, trajnostno-naravnanega poslovanja: visoka stopnja administracije, pomanjkanje znanj, visoka stopnja že omenjene fluktuacije ljudi.  A nasmeh in dobra volja, ki so povsod prisotni omehča tudi tovrstne izzive.
    5. Inovativnost prevladuje v vseh strateških usmeritvah, tako pri razvoju gospodarstva, kot tudi občin in administracije. Kot že omenjeno, prevladuje orientiranost na tehnološke inovacije, še zlasti na področju nafte in zemeljskega plina (država jih zavezuje, da investirajo 1% prihodkov v R&R), medicine, zobozdravstva, farmacije (še posebej tu v Ribeirão Preto), poljedelstva in naprednih tehnologij. Velike količine denarja se preusmerja v vzpodbujanje inovativne miselnosti in podjetništva. Na obisku v enem od razvojnih centrov v São Carlos-u, ki je del Univerzitetnega kompleksa, ki sodi pod okrilje Univerze São Paulo, me je prijetno presenetil podatek, da jih mesto podpira z 5% GDPja. V zameno so lansirali razvojni projekt do 2022, ki bo mestu omogočil 1011 novih podjetij oziroma tehnoloških transferov v obstoječa podjetja. Država in občine zelo veliko vlagajo v razvoj še zlasti skozi podporna okolja. Slednja so podobna našim (inkubatorji, podjetniški centri, razvojne agencije, pospeševalniki). Ključna razlika je v neprestanem pritoku denarja in intenzivni internacionalizaciji. Brazilija je rastoča ekonomija.

    Slika: na kampusu, São Carlos
    Vir: Vibacom arhiv

    6. Brez zavestne verbalizacije trajnostnega razvoja, družbene odgovornosti ali odgovornega inoviranja. V prezentacijah iz lokalnega okolja sem pogrešala prisotnost eko zavesti in povezavo predlaganih rešitev s potrebami strank (B2B ali B2C). Ugotovitev me je zmedla in sem potrebovala kar nekaj časa, da sem jo uspela umestiti v mojo podobo sveta. Še posebej po izkušnji v Vietnamu in Taiwanu, kjer je stopnja sistemskega razmišljanja, trajnostnega razvoja in eko zavesti jasno komunicirana v javnosti na vsakem koraku.  Hkrati pa me je, po moji končani prezentaciji, ki je povezala inovativnost, trajnostni razvoj in družbeno odgovornost, poiskalo mnogo mladih ljudi, ki v sebi že čutijo klic ekocivilizacije in bolj odgovornega razvoja. Mnogo je različnih poti do razvoja cvetočega Planeta. Mnogo različnih poti. Pomembno je, da so.

    Slika: še zadnji pozdrav narave ob zaključku konference
    Vir: Vibacom arhiv
    Upam, da ste začutili del vibracij, ki sem jim bila izpostavljena, jih tudi sama vzpodbudila in vsaj rahlo povezala izkušnje in razmišljanja dveh svetov: Slovenije in Brazilije na temo inovativnosti.

    Naj se vezi krepijo dalje.

    Obrigada BIN@BRAZIL! Osti Jarej, Slovenija



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                Involucija in evolucija – Tajvan 2013   
      Ko me je profesorica Ming Fen povabila, da bi se kot ena od uvodnih predavateljic udeležila Mednarodne konference o socialno okoljskem izobraževanju na novo porajajoče se eko-civilizacije, sem se z velikim veseljem pozitivno odzvala zaradi (takrat) dveh razlogov:

      1) Tajvan je, vsaj zame, ena od vodilnih tehnološko razvitih držav na svetu. Ker sem sama po formalni izobrazbi računalniška inženirka, me je možnost, da o računalniški industriji v tej državi zvem kaj več, prijetno vzradostila. Saj to je pomenilo spoznati, kako se Tajvanci odzivajo na globalne trende, kako razmišljajo, kako oblikujejo odločitve, kako vzpostavljajo sisteme, s katerimi se soočajo z izzivi novega sveta in kako pri tem ohranjajo človeški aspekt življenja.
      International Conference Social Environmental Education for an Emerging Eco-Civilization, Enacting Unbounded Collaboration and Evolutionary Development for “Glocal” Eco-Communities: A New Paradigm of Public Engagement and Social Innovation
      NTNU, Tajvan 21 – 22 July, 2013
      Jezik: angleški, kitajski

      Glocal = Global and local
      2) Tema mojega prispevka, ki mi jo je predlagal organizator, me je presenetila in izzvala, da s premislekom sežem čez svoje običajne okvire ter tako razvijem nove poglede na delo, s katerim se ukvarjam.

      Članek & prezentacija: “Connecting Evolution and Involution to Create a Positive Foundation for an Eco-Civilization”, V. Bulc,  NTNU, Taipei, Tajvan 2013.

      Delavnica: Collective Dialog on Green Social Innovation; Udeleženci: 60 predstavnikov gospodarstva, vlade, univerze, raziskovalne dejavnosti in nevladne organizacije; gostitelji: MingFen Li & KingKong Lin, Alexandr Laszlo & Violeta Bulc.

      Evolúcija je biološki proces, pri katerem se genski zapis populacij organizmov spreminja iz generacije v generacijo. Čeprav so spremembe znotraj posamezne generacije majhne, se organizmi z njihovim kopičenjem zlagoma spreminjajo in sčasoma lahko ta proces vodi v nastanek novih vrst. Vir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolution, Junij 2013


      Involution (Meher Baba), the inner path of the human soul to the self
      Involution algebra, a *-algebra: an algebra equipped with an involutionVir:: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Involution, junij 2013

      Slika: Transparent/ znak Tajvanske fakultete
      Vir: Vibacom
      Ko sem prispela na Tajvan, sem kmalu ugotovila, da naslov mojega uvodnega predavanja ni bilo edino presenečenje, ki me je čakalo na mojem obisku. Teden dni na Tajvanu mi je dalo precej več. Moja doživetja so bila globoka, temeljita in navdihujoča.

      Naj nekaj od doživetij posredujem tudi vam. Upam, da jih bom dovolj dobro povzela in tudi vas popeljala na to pomembno potovanje.

      1. Ljudje in arhitektura
      Prvi stik z deželo se je začel s srečanjem z ljudmi in z arhitekturo na letališču. Letališke zgradbe so bile prostorne, zračne in čiste. Izpod stropa nas je gledal velik, pisan zmaj in se nam smehljal. Zame je bilo to prvo srečanje z modernim Tajvanom, prvo od mnogih, ki so mu sledila: druga najvišja zgradba na svetu, brezizrazne zgradbe, ki so me spominjale na podobne slovenske iz istega obdobja, celovito oblikovane hiše z osvežujočimi zelenimi površinami in ekološko dodelanimi prvinami. Hkrati pa sem opazila, da pri oblikovanju prostora razmišljajo o ljudeh in pogojih za njihovo blaginjo. Recikliranje, na primer, so na Tajvanu razvili še za korak dalje. V mestu je težko najti koš za smeti. Ljudje morajo svoje smeti odnesti s sabo domov in jih pravilno razvrstiti.
      Ljudje: Študentje, ki so nas pričakali na letališču, so si naredili pisane in vesele oznake z našimi imeni. Čeprav smo bili precej utrujeni (prileteli smo naravnost iz konference v Vietnamu), so nas nasmejali. V hotelski sobi ja na nas čakalo še eno drobno presenečenje naših gostiteljev – košara s prigrizki tajvanske kuhinje. In to je ustvarilo vzdušje za ves naslednji teden – tako za samo konferenco kakor tudi za pripadajoče poslovne oglede po otoku. Organizatorji so se potrudili, da smo zaznali vsako podrobnost njihove kulture, razvoja, njihovega načina razmišljanja, razumevanja in delovanja na krajevni, regionalni in globalni ravni.
      Slika: Mangov sladoled
      Vir: Vibacom
      Način, kako razmišljajo o življenju, sodelovanju, udeleženosti in občutljivosti v skupnosti, me je navdušil. Zlahka sem začutila prevladujoč duhovni vpliv, ki ga ima budistični nauk v njihovem odnosu do venomer spreminjajočega se življenja. Srečanje z direktorjem budističnega inštituta, ki nas je vse presenetil z radovednostjo in pripravljenostjo poslušati in se naučiti kaj novega, je samo še potrdilo moje začetno prepričanje.
      Slika: Budistični center (Chung Tai Chan Monastery)
      Vir: Vibacom
      Na Tajvanu sem se pogosto počutila povsem domače in pozitivno, začutila sem namreč njihovo spoštovanje do kulture, spoznala številne zelo praktične rešitve, s katerimi se odzivajo na vsakdanje potrebe. Vsepovsod sem videla vrtove, vedno znova občudovala njihovo spoštovanje ekološko pridelane hrane, njihovo odprtost in ponos v majhnih zadevah, ki so segale globoko. Tako tudi med našim obiskom krajevnega umetnika, ki velja za največjega mojstra keramike našega časa, saj se je bolj kot kdorkoli drug poglobil v starodavno veščino keramične obrti, a vseeno živi preprosto, posvečeno življenje v svoji delavnici v okraju Puli. Pogosto so me samo kitajske pismenke opozarjale, da sem v resnici v tuji deželi. Globoko se zahvaljujem svojim gostiteljem za vse izkušnje, znanje in modrost, ki sem jih bila deležna in jih imela priložnost spoznati ne tem potovanju.

      Slika: mojster keramike
      Vir: Vibacom
      2. Konferenca
      Konferenca, zaradi katere smo prišli na Tajvan, je imela izzivajoč naslov (glej zgoraj). Vsebina, ki so jo predstavili sodelujoči na konferenci, pozneje pa tudi na delavnicah, je popolnoma izpolnila njegov namen. Poudarek konference je bil na holističnih in sistemskih praksah ohranjevanja ekološkega okolja in na inovacijah glokaliziranih eko-skupnosti, na pomenu sistematičnega premisleka pri javnem delovanju in eko-razvoju ter o zmožnosti izgrajevanja zelenih družbenih podjetij. 

      Zelo sem bila vesela, da so prakse iz Slovenije, ki sem jih predstavila v svojem prispevku, in sicer, Challenge Future (C:F), Srce Slovenije, InCo gibanje in BTCjeva trajnostna strategija razvoja, pritegnile precejšnjo pozornost in občudovanje.

      Vse štiri prakse imajo nekaj skupnega: vse v svojem poslovnem modelu upoštevajo socialne in/ali poslovne inovacije (izviren način, strast, navdihnjenost iz vira, namenjeno tako posameznikom kakor skupinam) in sistematični pristop, vse upoštevajo in povezujejo točke uspešnega razvoja, vse pri svojem razvoju prepletajo evolucijo in involucijo.

      Moj glavni poudarek prispevka je bil, da med razvojem organizacije (projektov) (evolucija) in razvojem posameznika (involucija), ki so vključeni v projekt, še posebej tistega, ki je lastnik začetne ideje, potekajo vzajemni odnosi. Opozorila sem tudi na bistvene značilnosti, ki so me ohrabrile v veri, da se nova civilizacija že pojavlja, kar pomeni vse večja prisotnost odprtih (inovacijskih) eko sistemov, skupne globalne vrednote, rast celostnega zavedanjs, povečanje obsega zavestnega ravnanja, ki se bogati iz nezavednega, vse večja prisotnost regionalnega in globalnega mreženja, oblikovanje vrednot v medkulturnem sodelovanju, udeleženosti, in vse večji vpliv sistemskega premišljevanja.

      Slika: konferenči plakat
      Vir: Vibacom
      Spoznala sem, da se udeleženci zavedajo istih globalnih izzivov (celo na lokalni ravni) in da moramo nadaljevati z oblikovanjem globalnih mrež in posredovanja primerov dobrega delovanja, da se lahko drug od drugega učimo in skupaj oblikujemo rešitve in razcvet. To lahko počnemo samo v odprtem svetu inovacij, onkraj zemljepisnih meja in političnih ovir. Takšno razmišljanje je temelj pojavljajoče se globalne civilizacije. Z vsako uspešno rešitvijo, ki je plod medsebojnega sodelovanja, čutim, da je energija nove civilizacije vedno močneje prisotna v našem vsakdanjem življenju.
      Delavnica z udeleženci krajevne pobude inovacijskega ekosistema v »Vidim-te-kavarni« je to samo še potrdila. Čeprav mnogi od njih niso govorili angleško, midva z Alexandrom pa ne kitajsko, nama je uspelo, deloma tudi s pomočjo dodatnega prevoda, ustvariti zelo dinamično, dejavno delavnico z aktivnimi udeleženci, v kateri smo si uspešno izmenjali spoznanja o obravnavanih temah.

      Slika: plakat z vmesnimi rezultati
      Vir: Vibacom
      Na koncu smo celo izoblikovali preprost akcijski načrt. Vsi primeri so bili stvarni. Publiki so jih predstavili člani lokalnih nevladnih skupnosti. Bistveni izzivi so bili podobni tistim, s katerimi smo se srečali že na delavnicah Srca Slovenija ali pa o njih brali na C:F portalu (ki so ga identificirali mladi), med drugim, pomanjkanje izobrazbe, pomanjkanje ustreznih informacij za jasno odločanje, pomanjkanje sodelovanja in inovacij.

      Slika: Tajvanska delavnica
      Vir: Vibacom
      Težave smo premagali tako, da smo opredelili model deležnikov inovacijskih ekosistemov vezanih na izbrane projekte, bistvene izzive, bistvena orodja in bistvene ukrepe. Veselilo me je, da je veliko skupin uporabilo »U« metodo (ki jo uporabljajo tudi člani InCo gibanja). Bilo je veliko veselja, smeha, živahnih pogovorov in ponosnih predstavitev v naši učilnici. Hvala ti, Tajvan, za to izkušnjo in priložnost biti član ekipe moderatorjev.

      3. Sistemska znanost
      Konferenca in spremljevalni program na Tajvanu sta ponovno potrdila, da se sistemska znanost in sistemsko mišljenje krepita po vsem svetu ter tako ustvarjata platformo za trajnostno in cvetoče reševanje problemov. To so ugotovile tudi mnoge vladne službe … samo upam lahko, da se bo tudi Slovenija ugotovila, da so celostne rešitve tiste, ki ponujajo veliko več stabilnosti, trajnosti in rezultatov.

      Slika: Skupinska slika gostov in gostiteljev
      Vir: Vibacom

      Ko se oziram nazaj, ugotavljam, da smo na Tajvanu srečali veliko raznovrstnih stvari. Videli smo neverjetne ljudi, izvedeli za mnoge zanimive projekte, si ogledali čudovito naravo, muzeje, budistične centre, lokalne osnovne in srednje šole, spoznali umetnika in ljudi pri delu. Bilo je toliko tega, da sem pri vsem skupaj celo pozabila, da bi ljudi povprašala o industriji visoko razvite tehnologije. Če ne bi imela HTC mobilnega telefona, izdelanega na Tajvanu (na kar so nas mnogi ljudje ponosno opozorili), bi povsem pozabila na visoko tehnološko razvitost Tajvana. A morda pa prav ta informacija že sama po sebi veliko pove.

      Oj, Violeta


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                Record for Wolfgang Tillmans as Phillips and Bonhams achieve top results in contemporary sales   
      Wolfgang Tillmans's Freischwimmer #84 sells for a record £500,000 (£605,000 with fees) at Phillips (Image courtesy of Phillips / Phillips.com)
      Echoing the sentiment at Sothebys this week, Ed Dolman, the chief executive of Phillips, last night (29 June) emphasised the significance of the June season in London after Christies decision to cancel its contemporary sales.

      For us the June sale season is a really important one, he affirmed. It comes after Venice, Documenta and Basel, and falls squarely in the middle of events in London.

      It is a strategy that appears to have paid off. Phillips took 20.2m (24.4m with fees) against an estimate of 17.9m to 25.4m, with only two lots failing to find a home. The sale doubled last years total, which was mustered under the cloud of Brexit and turbulence on the stock markets. It is the second highest result for Phillips in London in June. 

      Earlier in the day Bonhams achieved one of its best ever results in a contemporary sale, taking 5.8m (7.1m with fees) against a 4.7m low estimate. Here too, only two lots failed to sell. 

      At Phillips, the single record of the night went to Wolfgang Tillmans, whose Freischwimmer #84 (2004) sold on the phone to the Russian specialist Svetlana Marich for 500,000 (605,000 with fees). The price pipped the 410,000 (500,750 with fees) achieved the night before at Sothebys for a similar work. It was satisfying to go another step, Dolman said with a smile. 

      Female British artists had a solid night. Rebecca Warrens Fascia III (2010) sparked a contest between five bidders, selling on the phone for 270,000 (329,000 with fees), just short of her record. Bridget Riley was the only woman to make the top ten. Rill (1974) sold for 1.2m (1.4m with fees). Cheyenne Westphal, the new chairman of Phillips, says there are plans to capitalise on the growing demand for female artists with a strong showing in the October sales. 

      Even Damien Hirst, whose market has looked shaky, came out on top. A spot painting executed in 2007 sold for 360,000 (437,000 with fees; est 250,000-350,000) to the New York-based adviser Ronald Harrar, who was bidding on behalf of a client. Hirsts market is on the rebound; we are betting on him, Harrar said.

      Bidding from Asia was strong, particularly in Taiwan, Singapore and Japan, according to Phillips. One Japanese collector bidding online at 4am local time snapped up the two paintings by Jonas Wood on the block. Japanese bidding is more significant now, and its not just one person, Dolman said. The arrival of new Japanese bidding into the middle market is having a real impact.

      Dolman attributed the success of the night to the expertise of his burgeoning team, as well as the wider economic situation. The art market is more and more linked to the stock markets, which are just off historic highs, he said.

      However, the impressive 94% sell-through rate was always going to be strong thanks to the number of third party guarantees. Of the 31 lots, five were guaranteed by a third party and a further seven were backed by the house.

                The Taiwan Fund, Inc. Announces Share Repurchases under its Discount Management Policy   

      NEW YORK, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Taiwan Fund, Inc. (TWN) (the "Fund") announced today that on June 28, 2017, the Fund repurchased 900 shares under the Fund's Discount Management Policy. The Fund is a diversified closed-end investment company, which seeks long term capital...



                Foxconn narrows its list, knocking Ohio out of the frontrunners   
      Just two states are now considered the favorites to land new manufacturing facilities for Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn, an analyst said.

                網路地圖服務再進化 直上雲端更方便   
      「國土測繪圖資服務雲」以開放資料(Open Data)的理念及國家共通底圖服務的概念,讓全民共享最新的國土測繪圖資,提供民眾以PC、手機或平板線上瀏覽臺灣通用電子地圖、中、英文版、航照圖、都市計畫使用分區、村里界、地籍圖、公有土地等70餘種圖資,由使用者自行選擇套疊應用,屢屢獲國際獎肯定,將臺灣圖資建置技術推向國際舞台。
      感於國內各網站、APP需有一套精確、完整、開放的國家共通底圖,作為軟體的基本地圖應用,內政部國土測繪中心自96年開始積極建置「臺灣通用電子地圖」,並每年更新圖資,為官方最詳實完善的電子地圖,並透過「國土測繪圖資服務雲」(英文名稱為Taiwan MAP Service,網址http://maps.nlsc.gov.tw,)供各界自由使用。
      從101年12月7日上線以來獲獎不斷,105年改版上線後,除獲台灣雲端運算產業協會主辦之「2016雲端物聯網創新獎」,並獲地理空間媒體與通信公司(Geospatial Media & Communications Pvt. Ltd )主辦「2016世界空間地理資訊傑出獎(Geospatial World Excellence Awards 2016)」,獲邀出席106年1月底於印度舉辦之2017年地理空間世界論壇(Geospatial World Forum 2017)接受頒獎,揚名國際。
      圖資服務雲提供高精度、高品質及高效率且符合OGC國際標準之地圖服務,一般使用者、網頁設計者、APP開發者及地理資訊系統(GIS)專業應用者,均可便利使用,既有使用Google Maps API開發的網站或APP,則可稍微修改地圖網址即可直接使用,為國內服務、開放範圍最廣泛的雲端地圖服務。
      目前已有內政部「不動產交易實價查詢服務網」、中央研究院「臺灣百年歷史地圖」、新北市政府「門牌加值應用系統」等90餘個機關及系統介接應用,APP則有國內民間自行開發的「綠野遊蹤」可搭配使用。
      圖資服務雲研發出多項全國首創技術及開放式整合架構,期能透過雲端地圖服務,提升國土測繪資料流通,節省重複圖資建置及應用系統開發費用,創建開放式、整合式及創新式的國土測繪資訊流通平臺,有各類圖資需求的民眾,歡迎至「國土測繪圖資服務雲」(網址http://maps.nlsc.gov.tw/)參考運用。
      陳副總統頒發2016雲端物聯網創新獎,由內政部國土測繪中心劉主任正倫代表受獎

      陳副總統頒發2016雲端物聯網創新獎,由內政部國土測繪中心劉主任正倫代表受獎

      圖資服務雲參考畫面

      圖資服務雲參考畫面


                低碳觀光綠建築 邀您輕鬆逍遙遊   
      永續節能綠建築,環境好典範!透過低碳觀光綠建築旅遊行程,讓我們一起實地認識綠建築,體驗綠建築與在地生活結合的魅力。
      面對全球氣候變遷及資源匱乏的危機,臺灣以「生態、節能、減廢、健康」為主軸,建立獨具亞熱帶氣候特色的綠建築評估系統(EEWH)及標章制度,並從獲得綠建築標章的優質建築案例為主軸,結合在地生態、文化及人文歷史等元素,帶領大家藉由景點故事的導覽,深入探索在地綠建築與環境的密切融合,輕鬆走進綠建築的世界,除了了解綠建築設計手法及應用成效外,期待能進一步傳遞愛護地球與環境的重要理念。
      低碳觀光綠建築知性之旅,今(105)年共推出「北投文化探索一日遊」等12條一日或二日主題遊程,結合在地觀光旅遊資源,讓大家透過觀光旅遊活動實際參與體驗綠建築,普及推動節能減碳生活理念。
      例如「北投文化探索一日遊」,以「北投市場」為起點,探尋北投發展脈絡,回憶童年滋味;途經臺灣首座的綠建築圖書館「北投圖書館」,藉由綠建築設計手法融入當地的生態、歷史文化環境中,成為大自然中可翻閱的一本書;隨之走訪北投溫泉發展史上極重要的代表性建築-「溫泉博物館」,最後前往「地熱谷」享受溫泉自然美景。
      北投圖書館位於充滿歷史氣息的北投公園內,結合低碳綠建築導覽的行程,也能體驗北投在地的人文風情

      北投圖書館位於充滿歷史氣息的北投公園內,結合低碳綠建築導覽的行程,也能體驗北投在地的人文風情


      「蘭陽傳統工藝一日遊」部分,因宜蘭為臺灣原住民噶瑪蘭族文化發跡的地方,為推廣傳統藝術,於五結鄉成立「國立傳統藝術中心」,整體園區規劃保留大量綠地與周圍環境相互融合,其中「住宿區」更是宜蘭厝設計與綠建築技術結合的典範;緊接著安排參觀臺灣3大林場中面積最大的「羅東林業文化園區」,走訪早年伐木林業發展的歷史記憶,最後在「蘭陽博物館」細膩瞭解蘭陽平原開墾發展歷史的時刻劃下旅程句點。
      傳藝中心住宿區宜蘭厝與綠建築整合設計,同時保留裸露土地與透水舖面,對於區內微氣候調整效果良好

      傳藝中心住宿區宜蘭厝與綠建築整合設計,同時保留裸露土地與透水舖面,對於區內微氣候調整效果良好


      另「桃園樂活休閒一日遊」,由於近期精緻農業與文創產業帶動整體工業生產轉型發展,桃園產業也逐漸由傳統產業轉型,傳承百餘年的郭元益餅店同時融合文創與觀光,推出以節能減碳、永續環境為主軸的觀光工廠,提供民眾新的綠色體驗;接著探訪有著百年歷史文化的林家古厝休閒農場,園區營造出農場特有的「庄腳人家」氛圍及客家文化意象,緊接著走訪河川生態整治的老街溪河川教育中心與新勢礫間,探索復育河川水域的生態環保與生機發展。
      郭元益綠標生活館,網格格柵垂直綠化形成類似雙層外牆隔熱效果良好

      郭元益綠標生活館,網格格柵垂直綠化形成類似雙層外牆隔熱效果良好


      其他一日遊行程包括「淡水人文風情」、「基隆海科」與「山城新藝境之旅」、「桃園客家風情」、「南投探索」、「臺南歷史文化探索」和「高雄綠建築捷運」等;二日遊行程部分,則有「南投日月潭脈絡探索」、「溪頭森態體驗」與「嘉義溪口與外傘頂洲采風行」等。
      今年低碳觀光綠建築旅遊活動團體部分已自3月下旬陸續出團,預定辦理至11月底;一日遊行程之活動參加費用在590元至1,320元之間、二日遊行程則在4,800元至5,200元之間,歡迎對綠建築有興趣的民眾踴躍上網(http://taiwangbc-tourism.com.tw/)報名,本項活動亦可配合公私團體員工旅遊或環境教育訓練需求規劃客製化行程,歡迎向內政部建築研究所洽詢。另民眾也能自行前往,使旅遊的時間與行程更具彈性,讓大家在輕鬆有趣的旅遊活動中認識與了解「綠建築」。

                防救災最新資訊 第一時間簡訊報您知!   
      天氣變化瞬息萬變,為使民眾可於第一時間握災情狀況,及早做好疏散撤離的準備,內政部消防署建置國家級整合式多管道的「防救災訊息服務平台」,將劇烈天候、土石流預警、淹水預警、道路通阻、疏散撤離及維生管線等災害防救訊息,主動發送媒體及特定區域民眾,以減少民眾的傷亡損失。104年平台啟用後,適逢蘇迪勒與杜鵑等颱風災害,透過各管道共發布1萬348則簡訊。
      「防救災訊息服務平台」於104年正式啟用,取代政府機關原本建置的訊息發送管道,節省個別洽媒體業者刊登訊息的作業時間。可透過簡訊、傳真、電話語音、電視、廣播、社群平台、E-mail、Web/Widget、APP及訊息發布網站等多元媒體管道,將劇烈天候、土石流預警、淹水預警、道路通阻、疏散撤離及維生管線等災害防救訊息,針對特定區域民眾主動發布必要訊息,使民眾可於第一時間獲取災害應變情資及採取必要作為,有效提升訊息傳遞的效率,增加訊息發布的即時性及效益,減少民眾的傷亡損失。
      像是颱風來臨前,內政部消防署就會配合中央氣象局所發布的颱風路徑,透過「防救災訊息服務平台」向各媒體管道發布颱風預防訊息,例如:山區居民應注意土石流、嚴防豪雨、注意道路招牌路樹倒塌情形等,民眾可透過災害情報站-民眾服務,註冊個人相關資訊,即可透過各媒體管道接收預警訊息,進行災害事前預防措施。
      「防救災訊息服務平台」,介接各災害主管機關並整合災害資訊來源,建立各類訊息介接標準與規範,整合不同訊息發送管道,提供政府機關平時災害預警整備及災時政府防救災即時訊息發布,提升政府機關對民眾的通報服務。此項創新作為,並獲頒「104年度行政院與所屬中央及地方各機關建立參與及建議制度」特等獎的肯定,並配合國家發展委員會於「104年資訊月-ide@Taiwan創意台灣館」展覽,藉此機會向民眾推廣防救災訊息訂閱,讓民眾體驗有感的智慧生活。
      「防救災訊息服務平台」架構

      「防救災訊息服務平台」架構

      「104年度行政院與所屬中央及地方各機關建立參與及建議制度」特等獎

      「104年度行政院與所屬中央及地方各機關建立參與及建議制度」特等獎

      104年資訊月- ide@ Taiwan創意台灣館

      104年資訊月- ide@ Taiwan創意台灣館


                有iTaiwan就有手機充電站喔!   
      好康報您知~手機如果沒電了,您只要到有提供iTaiwan無線上網熱點的公務機關,像是到有設置手機充電站的戶政事務所,就可即時免費補充電力,不用再擔心手機沒電而錯過緊急電話了!
      手機充電台政府為體貼手機族群,提升為民服務品質,於有推動iTaiwan室內公共區域無線上網熱點,增加設置免費手機充電站,並進一步擴大至行政院所屬主管公共區域推動設置免費手機充電站,內政部也積極配合推動,現在到戶政事務所洽公,手機沒電馬上充,提供民眾更貼心的服務。
      目前各直轄市、縣(市)政府所屬戶政事務所已有197處優先進行設置免費手機充電站,手機充電器規格原則以提供110V電源插座及直流5V USB插座的雙插座為主,提供至民眾緊急充電之用,後續其他戶政事務所也會積極建置。
      有關iTaiwan熱點設置免費充電站資料,歡迎至國家發展委員會或內政部戶政司全球資訊網查詢!

                臺灣宗教文化地圖 漫遊宗教文化最佳指南   
      臺灣具有多元的宗教文化,逢年過節各宗教都有精彩的活動推出,為推展宗教觀光,內政部推出「臺灣宗教文化地圖」,內容包含「臺灣宗教百景」、「臺灣宗教文化資產」及「宗教樂活體驗行程」。目前網站版已於去(104)年4月上線,而行動載具APP版本也於今(105)年初完成上線,民眾可利用行動載具免費下載「臺灣宗教文化地圖APP」,透過定位服務搜尋鄰近的宗教景點及食宿資訊,一網打盡臺灣各地特色宗教景點,出門趴趴Go不必帶地圖。
      臺灣宗教百景─宗教文化觀光新亮點
      「臺灣宗教百景」是內政部透過網路票選及專家評選徵選出的100個宗教性古蹟、節慶或地標,其中有77景屬於建築古蹟類,像是2003年獲得聯合國教科文組織(UNESCO)「亞太文化資產保存獎」的臺北保安宮,或者位於高雄愛河畔有全臺最早天主教建築之稱的天主教玫瑰聖母堂等宗教建築都名列其中。其餘23景為節慶信仰類,不僅涵蓋了佛教、道教、基督教、天主教、伊斯蘭教、一貫道等多元信仰,也包含平溪天燈、鹽水蜂炮等漢文化節慶,與阿美族豐年祭、鄒族戰祭等原住民祭儀,展現出臺灣宗教文化多元樣貌,相當值得民眾親臨走訪。
      臺灣宗教文化資產─宗教領域的國家寶藏
      為提升旅遊品質,呈現臺灣宗教文化豐富底蘊,內政部初步擇選200項有形或無形的宗教文化資產,尤其是具有歷史文化價值之宗教建築物或節慶等,以深入淺出的圖片導覽及文字解說,帶您進入歷史的迴廊,瞭解每個文化資產的發展源流、主要特色與宗教意涵,是深度宗教旅遊不可或缺的實用性導覽資訊。
      Temple Stay in Taiwan─新型態宗教樂活體驗行程
      忙碌的生活之餘,您是否已經很久沒有停下腳步,好好沉澱自己心靈呢?內政部遴選出11條分屬佛教、道教、基督教及天主教等宗教類別的「宗教樂活體驗行程」(Temple Stay in Taiwan),由宗教團體提供一泊二食、兩天一夜或更長的期程,讓您從起居坐臥、養生飲食,親身體驗宗教團體生活的步調,更有茶道、抄經、製作祈福卡、禪修、靜默與烹飪等不同宗教文化體驗,是您調適身心的優質選擇。
      無論您是否有特定宗教的信仰,宗教觀光都可以是您旅遊規劃的新起點,不論是參加節慶、悠遊古蹟、欣賞建築工藝或純粹放鬆身心,加入宗教文化觀光行列,讓「臺灣宗教文化地圖」,帶您發現不一樣的臺灣。
      網站畫面截圖
      各種手機都可以裝宗教文化地圖喔

                標竿綠建築節能好典範~104年度優良綠建築   
      永續節能綠建築,創新減碳優質典範!讓我們一起透過外牆屋頂隔熱、綠屋頂、立體綠化、節水及生態景觀池等創意設計及構造工法,推動綠建築,共同為地球永續盡一分心力。
      面對全球氣候變遷及資源匱乏的危機,臺灣以「生態、節能、減廢、健康」為主軸,建立獨具亞熱帶氣候特色的綠建築評估系統(EEWH)及標章制度,並針對合格綠建築評選標竿典範,鼓勵建築師及起造人應用更多節能減碳創意設計及工法等,達到環境永續、健康舒適的目標。今(104)年共選出交通部公路總局辦公大樓等7件優良綠建築案例,作為推動建築節能減碳的標竿典範。

      綠建築標章九大評估指標

      綠建築標章九大評估指標今年有34件通過銅級以上標章評定的綠建築參獎,經評選小組初選、複選及5場次現地勘查後,最終決選出7件優良綠建築獎作品,其中有3件為民間建案,顯見國內綠建築除公有建築外,民間部分也蓬勃發展且水準頗高。
      其中今年選出的作品交通部公路總局辦公大樓,屋頂及各樓層露台設計階梯式空中花園,增強隔熱,有效降低室內熱負荷,並整合垂直綠化技術,創造人性化的綠色辦公空間;室內門廳挑高並設置南北向開窗及設遮陽板,以浮力通風原理強化自然對流,此外,也導入高效率空調與智慧燈控系統,同時以二氧化碳濃度偵測系統控制新鮮外氣引入量,以確保室內健康空氣品質且提高能源使用效率。
      交通部公路總局辦公大樓,屋頂及各樓層露台設計階梯式空中花園,增強隔熱。

      交通部公路總局辦公大樓,屋頂及各樓層露台設計階梯式空中花園,增強隔熱。


      另外,今年選出的臺灣積體電路十五廠一期OFFICE棟,除導入立體綠化技術提升外殼節能效益外,並採用高效率空調系統與照明燈具,設置各項系統,透過即時監控管理,有效提升能源使用效率及室內空氣品質等;同時設置雨水回收、貯集設施系統,回收辦公室空調箱及RO逆滲透裝置排水,作為生態池與景觀澆灌的水源,可減少排放廢水並節省水費;其中,最具特色是在綠地種植原生或適合本地氣候的植物,恢復基地原有生態營造生態複層綠網,並設置生態池與渠道,創造多樣生態的有利環境。
      臺灣積體電路十五廠一期OFFICE棟,導入立體綠化技術提升外殼節能效益。

      臺灣積體電路十五廠一期OFFICE棟,導入立體綠化技術提升外殼節能效益。


      建築產業是一個高污染的產業,除消耗地球許多資源外,也會產生溫室氣體及固體廢棄物、垃圾等,對空氣、水造成嚴重污染,為減緩建築對環境的衝擊,內政部建築研究所自88年建立綠建築標章制度,在建物設計階段先實施「候選綠建築證書」的認證,在完工後經現場查核無誤後再頒發正式「綠建築標章」,標章認證分為合格、銅、銀、黃金、鑽石等五等級,效期為5年;截至今年11月底,已核發5,475件的「綠建築標章及候選證書」,預估每年可省電14.21億度、省水6,688萬噸,每年約可節省水電費達56.4億元。
      此外,為發揮領頭羊效應,引導國內相關業界共同推動落實綠建築,內政部建築研究所針對合格綠建築評選標竿典範,自92年迄今(104)年,已辦理8屆優良綠建築評選,共選出84件典範綠建築案例,遍及公有及私有建築,多數獲選優良綠建築被選列為「綠建築示範基地」,並自103年起更將郭元益綠標生活館、嘉義溪口鄉文化生活館等多件優良綠建築納入「低碳觀光綠建築知性之旅」的行程核心,結合在地觀光旅遊資源,讓民眾透過觀光旅遊活動實際參與體驗綠建築,普及推動節能減碳生活理念。
      第8屆獲選標竿優良綠建築包括新北市淡水區新市國民小學、交通部公路總局辦公大樓、李長榮集團養水種電教育展示中心、光世代建設-「光點」集合住宅、台灣積體電路十五廠一期OFFICE棟、國立臺東大學理工學院大樓及師範學院大樓及臺鐵捷運化後續計畫苗栗站跨站式站房等7件優良綠建築案例,詳細介紹已放置「建築研究所網站」,供民眾瀏覽。另想實地參觀感受綠建築好處的民眾,也可至「低碳觀光綠建築知性之旅網站」查詢相關行程。
      優良綠建築獎獲獎建築師、起造人與頒獎人及與會貴賓合影

      優良綠建築獎獲獎建築師、起造人與頒獎人及與會貴賓合影


                Estas son las fotos ganadoras de los iPhone Photography Awards 2017   

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      Un año más, los organizadores del certamen que premia a las mejores fotografías realizadas con un iPhone nos presentan los ganadores de su concurso para demostrarnos que no hace falta una gran cámara para hacer buenas fotos y que lo más importante es la creatividad del fotógrafo. Os mostramos las fotos ganadoras de los iPhone Photography Awards 2017.

      Y aunque estemos de acuerdo en que sí, que efectivamente la mejor cámara es la que uno tiene, lo cierto es que tampoco es que el conocido terminal de Apple nos parezca el mejor dispositivo para hacer fotos. A pesar de lo cual, está claro que, al margen de con qué estén hechas, las imágenes del concurso son en términos generales de una gran belleza.

      ippa 'The nomads of Europe' Foto de Samuel Nacar (Albacete), primer puesto en la categoría Actualidad

      Por cierto que el concurso celebrababa este año su décima edición en la que participaron, según la organización, cientos de fotógrafos de 140 países de todo el mundo. Entre los ganadores destacan chinos y norteamericanos, pero también hay algunos españoles (dos concretamente), que lograron estar entre los elegidos. Se trata de Samuel Nácar (Albacete), ganador en la categoría Actualidad con su foto “Los nómadas de Europa” o Javier Wandosell (Madrid), segundo puesto en la categoría Series con su colección “Hidden Parts”.

      Y ya sin más os dejamos ya con todos los ganadores de las 19 categorías a concurso, empezando por la categoría principal, la de Fotógrafo del Año, cuyo ganador absoluto (se lleva un iPad Pro) fue el neoyorkino Sebastian Tomada, con una foto de unos niños recorriendo las calles de Qayyarah (Irak) cerca del fuego y el humo que sale de los pozos de petróleo que han sido incendiados por los soldados del ISIS.

      Categoría Fotógrafo del Año

      El ganador absoluto en la categoría fue Sebastiano Tomada (EEUU) con la foto “Children of Qayyarah”:

       0grand Prize Poty Sebastiano Tomada Sebastiano Tomada.Brooklyn, New York. Grand Prize Winner, Photographer of the Year

      El primer clasificado en esta categoría fue Brendan O Se (Irlanda) con la foto “Dock Worker”:

       1stplace Poty Brendan O Se Brendan O Se (Cork, Ireland) 1st Place, Photographer of the Year

      El segundo clasificado en esta categoría fue Yeow-Kwang Yeo (Singapur) con la foto “The Performer”:

       2ndplace Poty Yeow Kwang Yeo Yeow-Kwang Yeo (Singapore) 2nd Place, Photographer of the Year

      El tercer clasificado en esta categoría fue Kuanglong Zhang (China) con la foto “The City Palace”.

       3rdplace Poty Kuanglong Zhang Kuanglong Zhang (Shenzhen, China) 3rd Place, Photographer of the Year

      Categoría especial 'The America I Know'

      ippa Juan Carlos Castañeda (Astoria NY, United States) 1st Place – The America I Know
      ippa Davis Bell (Los Angeles CA, United States) 2nd Place – The America I Know
      ippa Maria K. Pianu (Pordenone, Italy) 3rd Place – The America I Know

      Categoría Abstracta

      ippa Christopher Armstrong (Sydney, Australia) 1st Place – Abstract
      ippa David Redhill (Sydney, Australia) 2nd Place – Abstract
      ippa Lee Jones (Shanghai, China) 3rd Place – Abstract

      Categoría Animales

      ippa Francesca Tonegutti (Milan, Italy) 1st Place – Animals
      ippa Dongrui Yu (Yunnan, China) 2nd Place – Animals
      ippa Shuo Li (Beijing, China) 3rd Place – Animals

      Categoría Arquitectura

      ippa Paddy Chao (Taipei, Taiwan) 1st Place – Architecture
      ippa Naian Feng (Shanghai, China) 2nd Place – Architecture

      Categoría Infancia

      ippa Szymon Felkel (Poznan, Poland) 1st Place – Children
      ippa Varvara Vislenko (St. Petersburg, Russia) 2nd Place – Children
      ippa Barry Mayes (Herts, United Kingdom) 3rd Place – Children

      Categoría Flores

      ippa Sidney Po (Cebu, Philippines) 1st Place – Floral
      ippa Smetanina Julia (Moscow, Russia) 2nd Place – Floral
      ippa Laura Warren (Putney, VT, United States) 3rd Place – Floral

      Categoría Paisajes

      ippa Christian Horgan (Fremantle, Australia) 1st Place – Landscape
      ippa Sergey Pesterev (Mendeleevo, Russia) 2nd Place – Landscape
      ippa Alexandra Maldonado (Quito, Ecuador) 3rd Place – Landscape

      Categoría Estilo de Vida

      ippa Nick Trombola (Pittsburgh, PA USA) 1st Place – Lifestyle
      ippa YuMing Guan (Guangdong, China) 2nd Place – Lifestyle
      ippa Chung Hung (Taipei, Taiwan) 3rd Place – Lifestyle

      Categoría Naturaleza

      ippa Aaron Sandberg (Chicago IL, United States) 1st Place – Nature
      ippa Dongrui Yu (Yunnan, China) 2nd Place – Nature
      ippa Joseph-Cyr (Tucson AZ, United States) 3rd Place – Nature

      Categoría Actualidad

      ippa Samuel Nacar (Albacete, Spain) 1st Place – News/Events
      ippa Thea Mihu (Sibiu, Romania) 2nd Place – News/Events
      ippa Xirui Huang (Hunan, China) 3rd Place – News/Events

      Categoría Otras

      ippa Darren Boyd (London, United Kingdom) 1st Place – Other
      ippa Zarni Myo Win (Yangon, Myanmar) 2nd Place – Other
      ippa Glenn Homann (Ipswich Queensland, Australia) 3rd Place – Other

      Categoría Panorámicas

      ippa Nick Trombola (Pittsburg PA, United States) 1st Place – Panorama
      ippa Andrew McCausland (Abbotsford BC, Canada) 2nd Place – Panorama
      ippa Brian Marchuck (Lancaster PA, United States) 3rd Place – Panorama

      Categoría Gente

      ippa Dina Alfasi (Israel) 1st Place – People
      ippa Jiabing He (Zhejiang, China) 2nd Place – People
      ippa Marina Spironetti (Milano, Italy) 3rd Place – People

      Categoría Retrato

      ippa Gabriel Ribeiro (Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil) 1st Place – Portrait
      ippa Dan Liu (Sichuan, China) 2nd Place – Portrait
      ippa Vlad Vasylkevych (Kiev, Ukraine) 3rd Place – Portrait

      Categoría Bodegón

      ippa David Hayes (Milford OH, United States) 1st Place – Still Life
      ippa Deena Berton (Weston MA, United States) 2nd Place – Still Life
      ippa Waldemar Nowak (Gdańsk, Poland) 3rd Place – Still Life

      Categoría Puestas de Sol

      ippa Kuanglong Zhang (Guangdong, China) 1st Place – Sunset
      ippa Xiaoying Tang (Shenzhen, China) 2nd Place – Sunset
      ippa Joseph Cyr (Tucson AZ, United States) 3rd Place – Sunset

      Categoría Viajes

      ippa Jen Pollack Bianco (Seattle WA, United States) 1st Place – Travel
      ippa Joshua Sarinana (Cambridge MA, United States) 2nd Place – Travel
      ippa Li Jinquan (Beijing, China) 3rd Place – Travel

      Categoría Árboles

      ippa Magali Chesnel (Ferney-Voltaire, France) 1st Place – Trees
      ippa Dyllon Wolf (Huntingtown MD, United States) 2nd Place – Trees
      ippa Kaiyuan Teng (Taipei, Taiwan) 3rd Place – Trees

      Categoría Series

      El primer clasificado en esta categoría fue Joshua Sarinana (EEUU) con la serie “Image of Structure”:

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      El segundo clasificado en esta categoría fue Javier Wandosell (España) con la serie “Hidden Parts”: ippa

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      El tercer clasificado en esta categoría fue Pierfrancesco Ajroldi (Italia) con la serie “Alzheimer”: ippa

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      Más información | iPhone Photography Awards

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      Foto de portada | Sergey Pesterev (Rusia), segundo puesto en la categoría Paisajes


                 Nothing has changed US State Department defends $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan    
      The U.S. has come in for criticism by some, including China, after announcing on June 29 that it planned to sell arms to the Tsai Ing-wen government in Taiwan.
                台湾因台风罹难人数估逾500人   
      台湾当局最新估计,在 莫拉克 台风中遭受灭顶之灾的高雄县甲仙乡小林村罹难人数约 380 人,加上此前已统计有超过 120 人死亡,台湾在此次风灾中的遇难人数估计已超过 500 人。 Taiwan leader Ma Ying-jeou estimated on Friday that more than 500 people had died in
                台海两岸达成通航通邮协议Taiwan trade deal eases tension   
      Taiwan trade deal eases tension China and Taiwan yesterday liberalised trade and travel links in a big move towards ending decades of hostility between the Communist regime in Beijing and the self-governing island state. Chen Yunlin, the mainland's
                 Taiwan, ha mal di denti da giorni e quando va dal dottore fa una scoperta choc    
      Aveva da diversi giorni un forte dolore ad un morale, ma quando si decide ad andare dal dentista fa una scoperta choc. Un uomo di 36 anni, del Taiwan, ha visto estrarre dalla sua bocca un dente...
                Prebiotic atmosphere discovered on accretion disk of baby star   
      An international research team, led by Chin-Fei Lee of the Academia Sinica Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics (ASIAA, Taiwan), has used the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) to detect complex organic molecules for the first time in the atmosphere of an accretion disk around a very young protostar. These molecules play a crucial role in producing the rich organic chemistry needed for life. The discovery suggests that the building blocks of life are produced in such disks at the very beginning of star formation and that they are available to be incorporated into planets that form in the disk subsequently. It could help us understand how life came to be on Earth.
                Manti Te'o Story Helpfully Explained in Taiwanese Animation   
      If the whole Manti Te'o debacle has got you scratching your head because you don't have time to read large, uninterrupted blocks of text ... here's a cartoon! Continue reading…
                ASUS ZenFone AR in arrivo a luglio   
      ASUS ZenFone AR, primo device ASUS con supporto Google Tango e Daydream VR, sarà disponibile a partire da luglio. (CCM) — ASUS ZenFone AR è stato svelato per la prima volta durante il CES 2017 di Las Vegas dello scorso gennaio e, dopo alcuni ritardi, sarà finalmente in commercio a partire dal prossimo luglio, al momento soltanto negli Stati Uniti. A rivelarlo è la stessa azienda taiwanese, per
                E3 2017 Hands-On: Detention is an Amazing Horror Title   

      I try out (and get scared by) a PC point-and-click horror game, Detention, set in an alternate 1960's Taiwan during the "White Terror" martial law.

      The post E3 2017 Hands-On: Detention is an Amazing Horror Title appeared first on oprainfall.


                Why Trump's $1.42bn Taiwan arms sale could backfire with China   

      The president is laying down crude reminders before his meeting with Xi, but Beijing tends to react badly to bullying

      The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet Donald Trump for potentially tense bilateral talks at next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg. But Trump’s pre-emptive strike could backfire badly.

      Official confirmation of the arms sale, under consideration since January, coincided with Xi’s officiation at an ostentatious military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, celebrating China’s reunification with what until 1997 Beijing regarded as a “renegade province” similar to Taiwan.

      Continue reading...
                Taiwanese Sisters and Their Mother Stun the World with Their Incredibly Youthful Looks   
      Lure Hsu, a 41-year-old interior designer and fashion blogger, had already been attracting lots of attention online for her incredibly youthful looks, but people recently discovered that eternal youth runs in her family. Lure’s two sisters, 36-year-old Sharon, and 40-year old FayFay, both look like they are in their early 20s, and their 63-year-old mother looks […]
                Banche e Taiwan: così gli Usa premono sulla Cina   
      Iscriviti gratuitamente alla newsletter settimanale de “Il mondo oggi” SANZIONI USA ALLA CINA L’amministrazione Trump passa “all’offensiva” con Pechino per ottenere collaborazione sul dossier nordcoreano, la priorità di sicurezza nazionale del governo statunitense. Il dipartimento del Tesoro – il fiore all’occhiello delle guerre d’intelligence finanziarie a stelle e strisce, già protagonista delle sanzioni all’Iran – ha […]
                For sale - 1968 C 10 Chevrolet Truck Original Right Front... - Auction   
      Denmark 6333, Australia
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                For sale - 85 wagoneer fender emblems - Auction   
      Price 5570, Australia
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                For sale - wagoneer / J10 / J20 / cherokee 4 wheel drive... - Auction   
      Cherokee 3434, Australia
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                Comment on Links 6/30/17 by JoeK   
      Speaking of mainland China, most of them left, went underground, or were persecuted after '49. Taiwan and Malaysia along with Hong Kong became islands of traditional aka real-deal taiji while the CPC "improved" on the forms with their 24/28 step symmetrical and simplified wushu-type forms. Taiji is "only for people whose heart is on the left" as Cheng Man-ching is said to have once quipped. So looking to those places, thousands of encounters with people practicing in public over the years tells me there are quite a few very old Chinese men (usually) in parks doing taiji like they've been doing it a very long time, and since the percentage of Chinese who actually practice it, never mind seriously, is small, it can't be hurting. My first teacher, in his 60s at the time, was like a rock. He did however attribute it as much to his daily glass of Chinese schnaps (gasoline is as good an approximation of the taste as anything else--I was virtually forced to sample it) as the taiji practice. I knew an amazing martial artist a while back. He didn't succeed successfully in the market place like many other much less skilled than he, and when you're that good, it's hard and a hell of a shame to quit, so he didn't give up the dojo, and financial disaster, severe stress, marital problems, divorce, and then cancer put him down in his '50s. Hard to say how the all that taiji he practiced figured in that mix, for or against him.
                Gentleman-nya Bung Hatta   

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      Banyak orang mengira termasuk hampir semua sejarawan bahwa mundurnya Hatta di tahun 1956 adalah ketidakcocokannya dengan Bung Karno. Tapi sebenarnya tidak, Hatta tidak pernah memusuhi secara serius Sukarno, Hatta sama sekali tidak ada masalah pada tahun 1956 dengan Sukarno atau keputusan-keputusan politik besar. Pembubaran Konstituante justru dilakukan setelah Hatta mundur, pemberontakan-pemberontakan di daerah tidak ada hubungannya dengan Bung Hatta, bahkan setelah tahun 1956 beberapa pemberontakan daerah awalnya adalah mosi tidak percaya kepada Djakarta karena dikira Djakarta menyingkirkan Hatta, padahal tidak.

      Dalam beberapa titik penting sejarah di masa lalu, Sukarno amat pasif dalam melakukan keputusan-keputusan politik, Sukarno. Hampir semua keputusan ditangani Hatta. Keputusan yang terkenal adalah Maklumat X 1945 soal liberalisasi pembentukan partai-partai politik. Dalam soal itu Sukarno kerap mengeluh ia dilangkahi Hatta. Dalam revolusi Sukarno ingin adanya Partai tunggal, tapi setelah fait accompli Hatta, partai menjadi terlalu banyak dan kerap menimbulkan friksi politik besar, puncaknya adalah perang Solo yang berakhir pada geger Madiun 1948.

      Akhir Tahun 1948, Belanda menerjunkan puluhan ribu tentara mereka serentak ke kota-kota penting di Indonesia. Di muka dunia Internasional aksi itu dikatakan "Aksi Polisionil" karena Belanda masih menganggap Indonesia adalah wilayah dalam negeri Belanda. Sementara pihak Indonesia menyatakan itu adalah "Agresi Militer yang kedua" setelah sebelumnya terjadi tahun 1947, Indonesia menuduh inilah yang disebut ekspansi militer sebuah Negara kepada Negara lain seperti hal-nya Hitler menginvasi Polandia. Sukarno, Hatta, Sjahrir, Agus Salim dan pemimpin-pemimpin lain di Yogya ditangkapi. Militer Republikein lari ke gunung-gunung mereka menolak untuk ditangkap, pihak Militer praksis dipegang Jenderal Sudirman yang sudah rusak paru-parunya untuk menembus lebat hutan di Jawa Tengah dan Timur melakukan konsolidasi pasukan.
      Saat itu Tan Malaka sudah berhitung, “Kekuatan Belanda tinggal sedikit lagi, saya tahu benar watak orang Belanda. Dia tidak akan melakukan kekuatan besar-besaran bila tidak putus asa. Saya perkirakan perang paling lama akan berlangsung selama 2 tahun lagi, sementara Amerika Serikat dan Sovjet Uni masih pusing soal Eropa setelah selesainya Hitler dibunuh”

      Belanda berlagak gagah dimana-mana, tank-tank Sherman berkeliling ke segenap penjuru kota dan membangun pencitraan bahwa Hindia Belanda dalam waktu dekat akan berdiri kembali. Ternyata terbukti dengan serangan militer yang sporadis dari militer Indonesia pasukan Belanda keteter dimana-mana. Serangan Umum di Yogya dan Serangan umum di Solo membuat Belanda keliatan kelemahannya. Tapi tidak bagi kelompok pro perundingan.

      Di tahun 1945 ada perbedaan antara Pemuda-Pemuda Djakarta dengan Djawa Tengah dan Djawa Timur. Pemuda-pemuda Djawa Tengah dan Timur memutuskan tidak mau berunding dengan pihak Djepang soal merebut gudang senjata, mereka langsung perang dan rakyat mengepung gudang. Senjata-senjata banyak didapatkan, bahkan di Surabaya kelengkapan militernya akibat merebut gudang senjata mampu secara jantan menghadapi Inggris, dan sejarah mencatat : ‘Hanya di Surabaya-lah Inggris kalah perang’. Di Djawa Tengah juga begitu, tidak ada perundingan gudang-gudang senjata harus direbut. Perebutan senjata ini nyaris tak menimbulkan korban, bahkan Kapten Suharto (kelak jadi Letkol Suharto) berhasil merebut gudang senjata di Kotabaru dan pasukannya memiliki alat kelengkapan militer paling kuat. Di Djakarta lain lagi ceritanya, keputusan saat itu adalah perundingan untuk merebut gudang senjata, akibatnya fatal. Puluhan tokoh pemuda mati dalam perang saat perundingan berlangsung bertele-tele, Daan Mogot dan tragedi dua anak Margono Djojohadikusumo : Subianto dan Sujono di Serpong Januari 1946. Akibat perundingan inilah pemuda-pemuda Djakarta terlalu lemah dibandingkan rekannya yang di Djawa Tengah dan Djawa Timur.

      Begitu juga dengan pemikiran memperpendek perang revolusi 1945. Tan Malaka berpikir apabila perang diperpendek dengan perundingan maka yang terjadi adalah ‘Revolusi melahirkan bangsa yang lembek’. Tan Malaka ingin dilakukan perang total karena dengan hanya perang total-lah “Semua royan-royan revolusi bisa melahirkan rasa persatuan yang amat kuat diantara rakyat Indonesia, rakyat akan paham tujuan besar bangsa Indonesia liwat kesakitan-kesakitan perang revolusi”

      Tapi kabar di Yogya begitu menyakitkan hati Tan Malaka. Para pemimpin tidak mau tempur mati-matian di hutan-hutan, tidak membangun perlawanan revolusinya. Di tahun 1948 terlihat sekali para pemimpin yang lahir dari dunia pergerakan Intelektual tidak terlatih untuk melakukan perang di hutan-hutan seperti yang dilakukan bekas anak buah Tan Malaka, Ho Chi Minh dari Vietnam. Tan Malaka sudah memperkirakan “Kalau pemimpin ditangkap tak lain tak bukan, ujung-ujungnya adalah Perundingan”.

      Generaal Sudirman, adalah pengikut Tan Malaka yang paling setia. Ia orang yang paling mendukung program-program Tan Malaka. Saat pertempuran di Solo terjadi, Sudirman menunggu apa kata Tan Malaka. Saat rapat Persatuan Perjuangan, Sudirman-lah yang membuka pidato rapat, lalu ketika Tan Malaka meneriakkan “Merdeka 100%” maka Sudirman berdiri dan bertepuk tangan seraya bersumpah akan memerdekakan Indonesia, total…setotal-totalnya.

      Sukarno sendiri saat itu sudah terjebak pada sistem pemerintahannya yang ia bentuk. Bila ia ke hutan, maka ia akan berhitung ‘siapa yang pegang komando’ bisa saja nanti kelompok Tan Malaka yang bisa drive dirinya. Sukarno selama perang revolusi menyerahkan keputusan ke Hatta, dan Hatta selamanya satu napas dengan Sjahrir lalu terjadilah keputusan yang paling amat dibenci Tan Malaka “Berunding dengan Belanda”
      Perundingan KMB di Den Haag akhir tahun 1949, merupakan penghinaan bagi kelompok Tan Malaka. Di Koran-koran terjadi eforia KMB, rakyat seakan-akan gembira menerima keputusan perundingan, dikiranya KMB adalah kemenangan Republik, dikiranya KMB adalah berhasilnya perang. KMB justru adalah ‘Pertanda Indonesia Kalah Perang’ karena dimanapun dalam hukum perang Internasional ‘pihak yang kalah perang harus membayar ganti rugi akibat peperangan’ seperti Jerman yang kalah perang pada Perang Dunia Pertama, membayar dengan ‘Klausa Perjanjian Versailles’ dan Jepang yang kalah perang dengan Amerika Serikat harus menerima pendudukan pasukan Amerika Serikat di Jepang juga Jepang dilarang memiliki pasukan militernya sendiri. Indonesia harus membayar 4.6 Milyar Gulden ganti rugi perang. ‘Jadi logikanya Indonesia harus membayar bangsa asing yang membunuhi bangsanya sendiri’. Akibat perjanjian inilah yang amat lama tidak menjadi bahan perdebatan di muka-muka publik karena para tokoh kharismatis terlibat dalam perundingan ini. Ukuran dana 4,6 milyar gulden itu amat besar dengan nominal pada jaman itu, sebagai perbandingan : di tahun 1950 Amerika Serikat pernah menawari pembangunan jalan besar (Highway Standard) di sepanjang pulau Sumatera dengan konsesi masuknya mobil Ford ke Indonesia sebagai satu-satunya mobil yang bisa masuk ke Indonesia selama 10 tahun. Nilai jalan itu adalah 6 juta dollar, tapi usulan itu ditolak karena akan memberlakukan sistem monopoli. Jadi seandainya 4,6 milyar gulden itu tidak dikembalikan maka 200 kali highway standard bisa dibangun diseluruh wilayah Indonesia.

      Setelah terjadi perundingan, Sudirman menolak turun gunung. “Kalau saya turun gunung berarti saya gembira akan kekalahan pasukan TNI”. Generaal Sudirman menolak turun gunung karena ia tahu, perundingan berarti kalah perang. Selama ini banyak di buku sejarah, seakan-akan Sudirman menolak turun gunung karena marah pada Sukarno, padahal bukan. Orang-orang di masa lalu tidak dangkal hatinya, mereka tidak peduli dengan konflik personal. Generaal Sudirman menolak turun gunung karena alasan prinsipil, ia tidak mau kalah perang. “Tapi pada akhirnya” persatuan diatas segala-galanya, pertaruhannya kalau Sudirman menolak turun gunung makan yang akan terjadi adalah perang saudara. Setiap orang tahu pada saat itu, Sukarno yang selalu jadi kartu pegangan orang Indonesia, rakyat akan terjebak pada perang saudara yang tidak mereka mengerti. Sudirman mengalah demi persatuan. Sudirman turun gunung, tapi Tan Malaka ditembak mati di Jawa Timur. Inilah tragedi revolusi.

      Beberapa kelompok pasukan Tan Malaka menolak turun gunung, yang paling terkenal adalah Chaerul Saleh. Chaerul ini yang pegang pasukan Bambu Runtjing. Ia terus melawan tentara resmi dan menolak perundingan, pasukan Chaerul Saleh menyerang pos-pos militer TNI di Sukabumi dan wilayah lain di Djawa Barat sebagai aksi bentuk penolakannya terhadap KMB. Bahkan sampai pada tahun 1952 pasukan Chaerul Saleh terus bertempur dengan pihak militer. Inilah yang membuat Nasution marah.

      Kebenaran kelompok Tan Malaka akhirnya terbukti pada tahun 1950-an ke atas. Di Vietnam, mereka menolak kalah dari Perancis dan melakukan perang total, di tahun 1952 Perancis angkat kaki dari Vietnam dengan menyisakan ratusan ribu serdadu berkalang tanah di Vietnam. Lalu Amerika Serikat datang dan merebut Vietnam dua puluh tiga tahun kemudian 1975, Amerika Serikat hengkang dari Vietnam dengan rasa malu, tentaranya berlarian ke helikopter seperti tentara pengecut menyelamatkan diri saat pasukan Ho Chi Minh masuk ke kota Saigon. Begitu juga dengan pasukan Mao yang berhasil menghantam kelompok Kuo Min Tang sampai ke Taiwan padahal pasukan Kuo Min Tang didukung Amerika Serikat. Dan saat ini di tahun 2011 kita menyaksikan seluruh Negara Eropa Barat mengemis pada RRC karena krisis ekonomi yang mereka alami.

      Inilah yang dimaui Tan Malaka, fase pertama dalam pembentukan Negara atau bangsa yang terjajah adalah perang total. Dalam perang total akan terjadi situasi baru, pemahaman-pemahaman baru, alam sadar baru, dan yang terpenting arah sejarah menjadi lebih jelas tidak lembek.

      Terbukti benar di tahun 1950-an perang Korea meletus. Harga-harga komoditi naik : timah, minyak bumi, kopra, karet dll naik. Kejadian ini mirip dengan boom minyak tahun 1973 yang kemudian dijadikan landasan rejeki Suharto di masa Orde Baru untuk membiayai kekuasaannya. Kenaikan luar biasa harga-harga akibat perang Korea 1950-an ini tidak bisa dinikmati rakyat Indonesia karena Indonesia harus bayar hutang perang kepada pihak Belanda. Yang kaya tetaplah perusahaan-perusahaan besar milik Belanda macam Lindeteves atau Borsumij Wehry. Kejadian ini membuat marah anggota Parlemen Komisi A, mereka memanggil Menteri Perekonomian saat itu Prof.Sumitro Djojohadikusumo. Sumitro menjawab “Kita sudah terikat perjanjian dengan Belanda”. Kelompok sisa-sisa Tan Malaka yang saat itu bergabung dalam Partai Murba marah besar ‘Wah, kalau begini caranya kita harus buat mosi tidak percaya terhadap KMB”.

      Perjuangan menyusun Mosi tidak percaya ini bukan soal mudah. Kelompok Partai Murba yang dipimpin Maruto Nitimihardjo harus berkelahi kesana kemari untuk meyakinkan mosi tidak percayanya. Untuk memulai mosi ini Maruto mendatangi Hatta lalu Maruto bicara “Masih kurang saja Belanda mengambil dari kita”. Seraya berkata pasrah Hatta berkata “Karena saya yang menandatangani perjanjian KMB itu, saya persilahkan saudara Maruto untuk melanjutkan apa maunya, saya siap menerima segala konsekuensinya”.

      Hampir lima tahun Maruto melakukan pendekatan-pendekatan politik ke semua pihak untuk menolak hasil KMB dan menyatakan mosi tidak percaya. Akhirnya mayoritas anggota Parlemen menyetujui untuk melakukan mosi tidak percaya, apalagi setelah Pemilu 1955 Perdana Menteri Ali Sastroamidjojo mendukung apa mau Partai Murba. “Mosi tidak percaya pada KMB”.

      Melihat perkembangan mosi itu Hatta secara gentlemen berkata “Saya akan mundur” Saat itu Maruto mendatangi Hatta di kantornya di Merdeka Selatan. Hatta lama memandangi wajah Maruto, dan ia mengeluarkan air mata lalu memeluk Maruto. Setelah pertemuan itu datanglah surat dari Hatta : “Surat Pengunduran Diri”.

      Surat pengunduran itu menjadi heboh dimana-mana, bahkan Sukarni Ketua Umum Murba, Partai yang jadi pelopor mosi tidak percaya itu berkata singkat sambil mau nangis : “Wah, Bung Hatta terlalu gentleman”.
      Mundurnya Hatta membuat pihak banyak kalang kabut. Achmad Subardjo yang saat itu jadi Duta Besar di Swiss berkata kepada beberapa orang “Sesungguhnya dulu di tahun 1945 terjadi apa namanya Gentleman Agreement Four, mirip Amerika Serikat pada awal Revolusinya di tahun 1776. Seperti perjanjian antara Washington, Jefferson, Madison dan Franklin untuk bergantian menjabat sebagai Presiden Amerika Serikat, walaupun Franklin tidak menjabat tapi tiga orang menjabat bergiliran. Itulah yang terjadi, nah empat orang yang akan bergiliran jadi Presiden saat itu adalah : Sukarno, Iwa Kusumasumantri, Achmad Soebardjo dan Hatta sendiri. Tapi itu tidak terlaksana toh, malah keluar Testamen Tan Malaka”…..

      Sukarno berdiam diri saja, ia sudah tahu arah sejarah akhirnya kelompok Tan Malaka yang menang dan benar melihat keadaan. Kemerdekaan 100% adalah tujuan terbesar bangsa ini, lalu dengan inspirasi dari Tan Malaka, Sukarno menjalankan program-program politiknya tapi siapakah yang bisa menggantikan Hatta? Kelompok PSI mengajukan Subandrio, yang pada akhirnya Bandrio malah merapat ke PKI. Sementara Murba harus menarik Maruto Nitimihardjo dan Sukarni sebagai lobbying ke Pemerintah, karena Maruto dianggap Sukarno selalu melawan, sementara Sukarni setiap ketemu Sukarno selalu berantem. Akhirnya Murba memanggil Chaerul Saleh yang di Jerman Barat untuk mendampingi Sukarno.

      Dan pada akhirnya sejarah memberi tahu pada kita, ketika Sukarno dikalahkan saat menjalankan agenda Tan Malaka dengan bahasa-bahasa Sukarno yang ia namakan Trisakti, Berdikari, Pantja Azimat Revolusi, Gesuri, Vivere Pericoloso lalu Gestapu 65 terjadi, Sukarno diinternir di Wisma Yaso, Subandrio diseret ke penjara, Chaerul Saleh kabarnya mati di WC Tahanan Militer dan membuat Sukarni di depan jenasah Chaerul Saleh ngamuk-ngamuk kepada Adam Malik karena tak bisa memberikan pertolongan sama sekali kepada Cherul Saleh.

      Lalu kita menyaksikan Indonesia seperti sekarang ini, tidak seperti Bung Hatta yang mengakui bila kebijakannya kalah dan tidak diakui, ia harus gentleman, coba sekarang Sri Mulyani menandantangani keputusan talangan Bank malah dilarikan ke luar negeri, ada juga Budiono yang malah dijadikan Wakil Presiden RI, Kebijakan Negara dijalankan tanpa rasa bersalah.

      Negara kaya raya yang terus menerus dibodohi oleh Imperialisme asing. Negara dijual untuk kekayaan para pejabat. Kepada sejarah kita harus banyak belajar untuk masa depan Indonesia…………

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                4 Hal Ini Bikin Relasi AS dan China Merenggang?   

      Dalam kurun seminggu terakhir, pemerintah Amerika Serikat nampak memandang China sebagai negara yang 'kurang disukai'. Dan, lewat sejumlah keputusan dan kebijakan luar negeri yang dilakukan, relasi kedua negara kini diduga merenggang.

      Padahal, pada April 2017, pemimpin kedua negara --saat pertemuan resmi-- nampak seperti sekutu dekat. Presiden Donald Trump bahkan menjamu Presiden China Xi Jinping di resor mewah pribadinya, di Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

      Hasil pertemuan itu bahkan mengejutkan dunia. Sesuai permintaan Presiden Trump, Presiden Xi berjanji bahwa China akan berkontribusi lebih banyak untuk membantu AS dalam isu Korea Utara.

      Sebagai balasan, presiden ke-45 AS itu berjanji akan memberikan kelonggaran terhadap Tiongkok untuk sejumlah isu, misalnya seperti situasi di Laut China Selatan.

      Pasca-pertemuan di Mar-a-Lago, Presiden Trump bahkan sempat menyebut koleganya dari Negeri Tirai Bambu itu sebagai, "orang hebat, aku bahkan memiliki relasi yang baik dengannya."

      Namun kini, setelah munculnya sejumlah keputusan dan kebijakan luar negeri dari kedua negara pada seminggu terakhir di penghujung Juni 2017, hubungan harmonis AS - China perlahan merenggang.

      Berikut, 4 penyebab yang diduga sebagai tonggak kerenggangan relasi Negeri Paman Sam - Negeri Tirai Bambu dalam kurun seminggu terakhir, seperti yang diragkum oleh Liputan6.com dari berbagai sumber (30/6/2017).

       

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      Washington, DC menjatuhkan sanksi dan pemutusan hubungan terhadap sejumlah entitas asal China. Sanksi itu diberikan oleh Kementerian Keuangan AS terhadap Bank of Dandong, sebuah perusahaan, dan dua individu pegiat finansial asal China.

      Penjatuhan sanksi yang dilakukan Kemenkeu AS itu juga menandai kali pertama bagi Negeri Paman Sam untuk menerapkan wewenangnya --yang dilandasi US Patriot Act 2001-- pada entitas perbankan China.

      Kemenkeu AS mengklaim bahwa entitas asal China itu bertindak sebagai "pipa penghubung" untuk mendukung aktivitas finansial Korea Utara yang diduga ilegal dan melanggar hukum. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari CNN, 30 Juni 2017.

      Kementerian yang dipimpin oleh Menteri Steven Mnuchin itu juga menilai sejumlah firma keuangan asal Korea Utara memanfaatkan "kedekatan" Bank Dandong dengan beberapa entitas bisnis asal AS guna memperoleh akses finansial alternatif dari Negeri Paman Sam. Bagi Washington, latar belakang itu cukup menjadi justifikasi pemerintah untuk menjatuhkan sanksi finansial.

      "Firma atau entitas asal China (yang menjalin hubungan dengan Korut) juga tidak akan mendapatkan akses kepada lembaga finansial AS, baik secara 'langsung maupun tidak langsung'," tambah Mnuchin.

      Akan tetapi, Kemenkeu AS berargumen bahwa sasaran sanksi yang sebenarnya bukan ditujukan kepada China, tetapi lebih kepada Korea Utara.

      "Sanksi itu tidak ditujukan untuk China," jelas Menteri Mnuchin.

      Pada kesempatan yang berbeda, penasihat keamanan nasional AS, H.R. McMaster, turut mengamini penjelasan Mnuchin.

      "Sanksi itu bukanlah aksi untuk menekan China. Tindakan itu merupakan upaya kami untuk meminta China agar mampu lebih berkontribusi dalam masalah (Korea Utara) tersebut," kata McMaster.

      Pakar politik juga memiliki penilaian serupa, bahwa sanksi Kemenkeu AS terhadap Bank Dandong merupakan upaya "penyampaian pesan" yang dilakukan Washington kepada Beijing agar dapat bertindak tegas terhadap Pyongyang.

      "Pesan yang ingin disampaikan AS kepada China adalah, 'Hey, kami berusaha untuk menjalin kerja sama dengan kalian untuk masalah (Korea Utara) tersebut, tapi kalian harus melakukan upaya yang lebih maksimal," ucap Anthony Ruggiero, analis dari Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

       

      Seusai pertemuan antara Presiden Trump dengan Presiden China Xi Jinping pada April 2017, Gedung Putih telah berkali-kali mengingatkan Tiongkok untuk semakin menguatkan tekanan ekonomi dan diplomatik terhadap Korea Utara.

      Pasca-pertemuan itu, China telah menerapkan sejumlah kebijakan 'tegas' terhadap Korut. Seperti, menolak impor batu bara Pyongyang serta --diduga-- menghentikan ekspor suplai bahan bakar ke negara yang dipimpin oleh Kim Jong-un itu. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari BBC, Kamis 27 April 2017.

      Bahkan, media pemerintah China - Korut sempat mengalami peningkatan tensi, situasi yang jarang terjadi dalam riwayat kedua negara. Peningkatan tensi disebabkan imbauan Tiongkok terhadap Korea Utara terkait isu nuklir.

      Akan tetapi, Presiden Donald Trump terus mendesak China agar semakin menambah tekanan ekonomi dan diplomatik terhadap Korea Utara. Karena, bagi Trump, Beijing belum melakukan tindakan yang efektif untuk menghentikan program nuklir Pyongyang, yang hingga kini masih berlanjut.

      Namun, Beijing berdalih bahwa pengaruhnya ke Pyongyang amatlah terbatas.

      Sebagian besar pihak juga menilai bahwa upaya AS untuk "menegaskan posisinya terhadap Korea Utara" melalui China, akan terus mengalami stagnasi. Bahkan kini, Presiden Trump pun mulai "menyerah" untuk meminta bantuan China terkait isu Korea Utara.

      "Saya harap China dapat membantu kami untuk membuat Korea Utara lebih segan terhadap AS. Namun tampaknya, upaya mereka (China) tidak berhasil," ujar Presiden Trump lewat akun Twitter-nya, @realDonaldTrump, pada Juni 2017.

       

      Amerika Serikat berencana menjual peralatan militer senilai US$ 1,42 miliar atau setara Rp 18,9 triliun kepada Pemerintah Taiwan.

      Keterangan mengenai rencana penjualan ini disampaikan oleh Juru Bicara Departemen Luar Negeri AS, Heather Nauert. Penawaran tertuang dalam tujuh buah proposal penjualan.

      "Jadi saat ini harganya sudah sampai US$ 1,42 juta," sebut Naubert seperti dikutip dari The Star, Kamis 30 Juni 2017.

      Tidak cuma alutsista yang dijual AS ke Taiwan. Beberapa paket penjualan ini termasuk di dalamnya bantuan teknik untuk sistem radar, misil kecepatan tinggi anti-radiasi, terpedo, dan komponen rudal.

      Penjualan tersebut dijelaskan Naubert merupakan bentuk dukungan AS terhadap pemeliharaan kapabilitas pertahanan Taiwan. Kementerian Pertahanan Taiwan juga mengatakan bahwa senjata baru itu ditujukkan untuk memperkuat keamanan udara dan laut serta sistem kewaspadaan domestik.

      Sebelum AS benar-benar menjual senjata ke Taiwan, mereka harus menunggu persetujuan Kongres. Pembahasan permintaan penjualan itu, saat sudah masuk dalam sesi pembahasan kongres.

      Penjualan senjata ke Taiwan merupakan yang pertama sejak Presiden Donald Trump berkuasa. Rencana AS itu membuat marah China.

      "China memprotes keras tindakan AS (menjual senjata ke Taiwan). Itu jelas melanggar kebijakan 'One China'. Kami akan segera merespons tindakan tersebut," kata Duta Besar China untuk AS Cui Tiankai, seperti yang diwartakan oleh media pemerintah Tiongkok, People's Daily.

      Terkait, datang protes dari China, Naubert mengimbau agar Beijing tak perlu khawatir. Sebab, terkait perseteruan kedua negara, sikap AS tetap konsisten dari awal.

      "Tidak ada peluang bagi kami untuk merubah kebijakan 'One China'. Kami mengakui Beijing bukan Taipei," sebut dia.

      Pakar menilai bahwa transaksi tersebut, mungkin disebabkan atas 'kekecewaan' AS terhadap China yang minim berkontribusi untuk menekan Korea Utara agar menghentikan program rudal nuklirnya. Dan, kebijakan Washington, DC, mungkin saja akan memprovokasi Beijing.

      "Sebagian pihak menilai bahwa perdagangan itu dipicu relasi AS - China terkait isu Korea Utara, dan penjualan senjata ke Taiwan dianggap oleh AS mampu meningkatkan 'taji' mereka di hadapan Tiongkok. Saya sendiri tidak melihatnya sebagai bentuk provokasi. Namun, jika kebijakan itu dihubungkan dengan kebijakan lain, salah satunya sanksi terhadap bank China, kemungkinan (provokasi) dapat menjadi pertimbangan," jelas Profesor Zhang Baohui, pakar politik dari Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

      Bukan pertama kali AS menjual senjata ke Taiwan. Hal ini dilakukan pertama kali pada Desember 2015 di saat Barack Obama masih memerintah.

      Ketika itu, AS menjual alutsista seharga US$ 1,83 miliar. Penjualan tersebut termasuk dua kapal frigate dan kendaraan amphibi. Langkah tersebut juga mengundang kecaman keras dari China.

      Kementerian Luar Negeri Amerika Serikat merilis hasil kajian tahunan yang membahas isu perdagangan manusia di dunia. Rilis itu mengkaji tentang negara yang diklaim oleh AS memiliki aktivitas perdagangan manusia terburuk di mancanegara.

      Rilis tahunan itu bernama 'Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2017, US State Department'. Sejumlah negara yang masuk dalam kategori kualitas terburuk menurut rilis tersebut di antaranya meliputi China, Rusia, Suriah, dan Iran. Demikian seperti yang turut diwartakan oleh CNN, Rabu 28 Juni 2017.

      Menurut laporan TIP, "China tidak memenuhi ketentuan standar minimum maupun melakukan upaya yang signifikan untuk menghapuskan fenomena perdagangan manusia. Maka, negara itu yang semula berada di Tier 2, diturunkan menjadi Tier 3, tingkatan terendah."

      Berdasarkan laporan TIP 2017, China dan sejumlah warga negaranya, terlibat dalam aktivitas seputar perdagangan manusia dan perbudakan moderen. Aktivitas itu meliputi, jual-beli manusia (anak, perempuan, dan laki-laki), tenaga kerja paksa, perdagangan dan eksploitasi manusia untuk kepentingan seksual, serta sistem kerja paksa yang disponsori pemerintah.

      Saat memberikan pidato ulasan terkait TIP pada Selasa 28 Juni 2017 di Washington DC, Menteri Luar Negeri Rex Tillerson menilai bahwa China tidak melakukan upaya serius untuk menghentikan trafficking.

      "China masuk ke Tier 3 karena tidak mengambil langkah serius untuk menghapus perdagangan manusia. Termasuk, isu pekerja paksa Korea Utara yang berada di Tiongkok," ujar Menlu Tillerson.

      Menurut laporan TIP, "China tidak memenuhi ketentuan standar minimum maupun melakukan upaya yang signifikan untuk menghapuskan fenomena perdagangan manusia. Maka, negara itu yang semula berada di Tier 2, diturunkan menjadi Tier 3, tingkatan terendah."

      Berdasarkan laporan TIP 2017, China dan sejumlah warga negaranya, terlibat dalam aktivitas seputar perdagangan manusia dan perbudakan moderen. Aktivitas itu meliputi, jual-beli manusia (anak, perempuan, dan laki-laki), tenaga kerja paksa, perdagangan dan eksploitasi manusia untuk kepentingan seksual, serta sistem kerja paksa yang disponsori pemerintah.

      Saat memberikan pidato ulasan terkait TIP pada Selasa 28 Juni 2017 di Washington DC, Menteri Luar Negeri Rex Tillerson menilai bahwa China tidak melakukan upaya serius untuk menghentikan trafficking.

      "China masuk ke Tier 3 karena tidak mengambil langkah serius untuk menghapus perdagangan manusia. Termasuk, isu pekerja paksa Korea Utara yang berada di Tiongkok," ujar Menlu Tillerson.

      Sementara itu, pihak Kemlu China merespons TIP. Meski menolak hasil kajian Kemlu AS, namun pemerintah Tiongkok tetap bertekad untuk menghapuskan perdagangan manusia.

      "Kami menolak penilaian AS terhadap negara lain yang dibuat berdasarkan pertimbangan hukum domestik mereka. Akan tetapi, kami bertekad untuk melawan trafficking dan bekerjasama dengan negara lain untuk isu tersebut," jelas juru bicara Kemlu China, Lu Kang.


                1-7-1942: Inggris Gempur Pasukan 'Rubah Gurun' Nazi Jerman    

      Hari ini, pada 1942, pasukan Sekutu yang dipimpin Inggris menggempur manuver tentara Nazi Jerman yang berusaha merebut Afrika Utara.

      Nazi berniat menganeksasi wilayah tersebut, menjadi bagian kekuasaan Reich Ketiga yang digagas Adolf Hitler.

      Jelang pertempuran dimulai, beberapa bulan sebelumnya, pasukan Nazi Jerman telah berada dekat dengan El Alamein, sebuah kota berjarak 106 km dari Aleksandria, Mesir. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari History.com, Jumat (30/6/2017).

      Namun, sebelum mencapai El Alamein, pasukan yang dipimpin oleh Field Marshal Erwin Rommel --yang dijuluki sebagai 'Sang Rubah Gurun'-- menghadapi gempuran hebat dari pasukan Inggris.

      Pada Juni 1942, Britania Raya mendesak pasukan Rommel hingga terpaksa harus bertahan di dekat Tripoli, Libya --lokasi terdekat pangkalan militer Jerman di kawasan Afrika Utara. Namun, dalam beberapa minggu, pasukan Sang Rubah Gurun berhasil membalikkan keadaan.

      Dengan serangan udara dan tank, Rommel berhasil memukul mundur Inggris hingga ke pangkalan militer terdekat Britania Raya di Aleksandria. Dan memasuki penghujung Juni 1942, pasukan Sang Rubah Gurun telah berada 106 km dari El Alamein dan hendak merebut Aleksandria dari tangan Inggris.

      Bagi Inggris, Aleksandria merupakan teritorial penting, karena menampung pangkalan militer Britania Raya yang menjaga Terusan Suez. Jika wilayah itu jatuh ke tangan Nazi, Sekutu khawatir bahwa pasukan Hitler akan mampu meluaskan kekuasaannya ke seluruh Afrika dan Asia.

      Merasa di atas angin setelah Diktator Italia Benito Mussolini mengirim pasukan tambahan, Sang Rubah Gurun semakin memantapkan tekadnya untuk merebut bekas ibu kota Kerajaan Mesir Kuno itu dari tangan Inggris. Pasukan Mussolini pun menyerang terlebih dahulu.

      Namun, di satu sisi, pasukan 'Sang Rubah Gurun' dan Italia meremehkan satu hal, yakni bahwa keduanya berada sangat jauh dari pangkalan militer mereka di Tripoli, Libya, yakni berkisar 1.788 km. Dan hal itu dimanfaatkan pasukan Inggris yang dipimpin oleh Jenderal Claude Auchinleck.

      Sambil menunggu penyerangan Nazi-Jerman dan Italia, Britania Raya memperkuat kualitas serta kuantitas pangkalan militer mereka di Aleksandria. Inggris pun mendapat bantuan dari negara persemakmurannya, yakni India, Afrika Selatan, dan Selandia Baru.

      Maka, tibalah tanggal 1 Juli 1942. Tepatnya pada pukul 03.00, Divisi Infanteri Ringan ke-90 Nazi-Jerman serta Divisi Panzer ke-15 dan ke-21, memulai manuver mendekat ke Aleksandria lewat El Alamien, menandai dimulainya Pertempuran El Alamein.

      Tak dinyana, Sang Rubah Gurun luput akan strategi pasukan Inggris yang telah memperkuat barisan pertahanan mereka di Aleksandria hingga ke El Alamien.

      Dan benar saja, pasukan Nazi-Jerman dihadang oleh Brigade Infanteri India ke-18 yang dilengkapi artileri dan meriam berat anti-kendaraan lapis baja. Panzer Sang Rubah Gurun berhasil diluluh-lantahkan oleh pasukan India.

      Hingga Pertempuran El Alamein berakhir pada 27 Juli 1942, Nazi-Jerman dan Italia yang berkekuatan 96.000 pasukan --juga kelelahan sejak pertempuran Juni 1942-- harus kewalahan menghadapi pasukan Sekutu Inggris yang berjumlah 150.000 tentara, 179 tank, 1.000 artileri, dan 1.500 pesawat tempur.

      Bukan itu saja momentum sejarah yang terjadi pada 1 Juli. Pada tanggal yang sama, tahun 1997, Hong Kong kembali ke pelukan China, setelah selama 150 tahun dikuasai oleh Inggris.

      Upacara penyerahan kembali Hong Kong dilakukan di rumah Gubernur Hong Kong, Chris Patten. Secara simbolik, upacara ini dilakukan dengan cara menurunkan bendera Inggris.

      Pada tanggal yang sama tahun 2013, negara pecahan Yugoslavia, Kroasia akhirnya bergabung dengan Uni Eropa.

      Sementara pada 1961, mantan Istri pewaris pertama takhta Kerajaan Inggris Pangeran Charles, Putri Diana lahir di Norfolk Inggris.


                Presiden Taiwan Minta Militer Siap Berperang Guna Jaga Perdamaian   
      Presiden Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen menyerukan semangat perang di hadapan para militer muda guna menjaga perdamaian.
                US approves $1.4B weapons sales to Taiwan, first under Trump   
      The State Department has approved the sale of $1.4 billion in weapons to Taiwan, the first deal with the island under the Tru -More

                Muguruza contra Alexandrova y Carla Suárez contra Bouchard   

      Garbiñe Muguruza se enfrentará contra la rusa Ekaterina Alexandrova, 78 del mundo, y Carla Suárez contra la canadiense Eugenie Bouchard, finalista en Wimbledon en 2014 y 61 del mundo, en la primera ronda de este Grand Slam, tras el sorteo realizado hoy en Londres.

      Muguruza contra Alexandrova y Carla Suárez contra Bouchard

      Muguruza, finalista en el All England hace dos años, figura como 14 cabeza de serie, y Suárez la 25. Son las dos únicas españolas preclasificadas este año, en un cuadro que también incluye a Sara Sorribes y Lara Arruabarrena, que han quedado emparejadas con la japonesa Naomi Osaka y la estonia Anett Kontaveit, respectivamente.

      Será el primer enfrentamiento entre Muguruza y Alexandrova, mientras que Carla y Bouchard, se han enfrentado ya en tres ocasiones, con 2-1 para la española. En Wimbledon 2013 Carla se impuso en dieciseisavos (7-5 y 6-2). Luego, Bouchard doblegó a la canaria en Roland Garros 2014, y en el último, en Roma 2015, Carla volvió a ganar.

      Sorribes ha vencido a Osaka en el único enfrentamiento entre ambas, en Monterrey este año, y será el primer duelo entre Kontaveitt, que ha ganado este año su primer torneo en la hierba de Hertogenbosch, y Arruabarrena.

      En el potencial camino de Muguruza figura la holandesa Kiki Bertens (23) en tercera ronda, y en octavos la alemana Angelique Kerber (1). De avanzar Carla podría verse las caras con la rumana Simona Halep, segunda favorita y reciente finalista en Roland Garros.

      Ante la ausencia de la estadounidense Serena Williams, defensora del título, será Kerber la que abra la pista central el martes. La alemana comienza con una jugadora procedente de la fase previa, en una parte del cuadro en la que comparte zona con la checa Lucie Safarova

      La checa Petra Kvitova, undécima favorita, dos veces campeona y que prácticamente acaba de regresar al circuito después de seis meses de alejamiento tras ser atacada por un individuo en su alojamiento en Prostejov, ganando el torneo de Birmingham, abre su participación con la Johanna Larsson, 52 del mundo.

      En un teórico enfrentamiento de octavos, Kvitova podría enfrentarse contra la británica Johanna Konta, que acaba de retirarse de las semifinales de Eastbourne, por un problema en el cuello, tras sufrir una caída el jueves.

      La británica, sexta favorita, comienza con la taiwanesa Su-Wei Hsieh, 31 del mundo. Si se da el duelo Kvitova-Konta, la ganadora podría medirse con Halep, semifinalista en 2014, en cuartos.

      Halep es la segunda cabeza de serie, y comienza con una jugadora de la fase previa, y en su camino podría cruzarse la británica Laura Robson.

      Muchas de las miradas estarán puestas en la letona Jelena Ostapenko, reciente ganadora en Roland Garros, que alcanzó la segunda ronda de Wimbledon hace dos años, y que comenzará con la bielorrusa Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 87 del mundo.

      La estadounidense Venus Williams, la más veterana de todas las participantes, con 37 años, cinco veces ganadora, se medirá con la belga de 21 años, Elise Mertens. Venus acude a Wimbledon tras conocerse que está involucrada en un accidente de tráfico el 9 de junio en Palm Beach Gardens (Miami) en el que falleció el pasajero de otro vehículo.

      La checa Karolina Pliskova (3), finalista en el Abierto de EE.UU. el año pasado, abre contra la rusa Evgeniya Rodina, y la ucraniana Elina Svitolina (4) lo hará contra la australiana Ashleigh Barty.

      - Potenciales cuartos de final:

      Angelique Kerber (ALE, 1) -- Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS, 7)
      Karolina Pliskova (RCH, 3) -- Caroline Wozniacki (DIN, 5)
      Dominika Cibulkova (SVK, 8) -- Elina Svitolina (UKR, 4)
      Johanna Konta (GBR, 6) -- Simona Halep (RUM, 2)

      - Enfrentamientos de españolas

      Garbiñe Muguruza (14) -- Ekaterina Alexandrova (RUS)
      Lara Arruabarrena -- Anett Kontaveit (LET)
      Carla Suárez (25) -- Eugenie Bouchard (CAN)
      Sara Sorribes -- Naomi Osaka (JAP). EFE

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                The Taiwanese Server System and Server Motherboard Market Analysis 2016 and Forecast    
      (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 30, 2017 ) The report finds that shipment volume of the Taiwanese server industry grew 8.3% sequentially and 11.3% year-on-year in the fourth quarter of 2015, bolstered mainly by the needs in the enterprise market. Among all kinds of server products, server motherboards' share...
                Китай осудил решение США продать Тайваню оружие на $1,4 млрд   

      Посол Китая в США раскритиковал решение президента Дональда Трампа продать Тайваню оружие на 1,4 миллиарда долларов, сообщает Reuters.


                Las mejores fotos con iPhone de 2017   

      El lunes 26 de junio se anunciaron los ganadores de los Premios de Fotografía con iPhone 2017 (IPPAWARDS), en los que competían imágenes captadas por fotógrafos de más de 140 países.

      El gran premio de este año (Grand Prize Winner of Photographer of the Year) ha ido a parar a manos de Sebastiano Tomada, de Brooklyn (Nueva York, EE UU) por su fotografía Children of Qayyarah [Niños de Qayara, Irak], tomada con su iPhone 6s.

      "Los niños deambulan por las calles de Qayara junto a las llamas y al humo que salen de los pozos petroleros, a los que han prendido fuego los combatientes del ISIS", reza la descripción de la foto.

      El primer puesto a fotógrafo del año [First Place for Photographer of the Year] ha recaído en el irlandés Brendan O Se, afincado en Cork, autor de la foto Dock Worker que tiene como protagonista a un estibador de Yakarta (Indonesia), también tomada con un iPhone 6:

      El segundo puesto va para Yeow-Kwang Yeo, de Singapur, por The Performer, una imagen de un cantante de ópera callejera tomándose un descanso. Esta se hizo con un iPhone 6 Plus:

      El tercer puesto se lo lleva Kuanglong Zhang, de Shenzhen (China), por su foto con un iPhone 7 The City Palace, una imagen de un trabajador mirando por la ventana del Palacio de la Ciudad de Udaipur (India):

      Además de la competición general al mejor fotógrafo, hay otras categorías, entre ellas: Abstracto, Animales, Arquitectura, Niños, Floral, Paisaje, Estilo de vida, Naturaleza, Noticias/Sucesos, Panorámica, Gente, Retrato, Series, Naturaleza muerta, Puesta de sol, Viajes, Otros. Si te sientes inspirado, puedes echar un vistazo a las normas para 2018.

      A continuación se incluyen las fotografías ganadoras del primer, segundo y tercer puesto de Estilo de vida, Panorámica, La América que conozco y Noticias/Sucesos:

      Estilo de vida

      Nick Trombola. Pittsburgh, PA USA. Primer puesto - Estilo de vida.

      "Me fui de excursión de esquí a Telluride, Colorado, el invierno pasado con unos amigos. La segunda mañana ya estábamos preparados fuera incluso antes de que las pistas abrieran, así que fuimos uno de los primeros grupos en subir. La nieve estaba perfectamente blanca y casi sin tocar, porque los únicos que estaban en la montaña antes de nosotros eran los locales que tenían su casa más alto que nuestro hotel. Cuando íbamos subiendo nos cruzamos con un grupo de tres esquiadores y pensé que contrastaban tan bien con la nieve y nuestros esquís que enseguida saqué el iPhone de mi chaqueta e hice la foto".

      YuMing Guan. Guangdong, China. Segundo puesto - Estilo de vida.

      "Esta foto se hizo en verano de 2015 en Oia, un precioso pueblo de Santorini. Los turistas de todo el mundo se reunían en el acantilado para vez la impactante puesta de sol, conocida como una de las Mejores Vistas del Mundo. Todo el mundo estaba embobado ante el impresionante momento y se puso a aplaudir y, entretanto, este hombre captó mi atención. Estaba muy concentrado e imperturbable, como si ni la multitud ni la vista mereciera su atención más que su propio alféizar. Supongo que, en su mente, la Mejor Vista del Mundo es su hogar".

      Chung Hung. Taipei, Taiwan. Tercer puesto - Estilo de vida

      Panorámica

      Nick Trombola. Pittsburg PA, United States. Primer puesto - Panorámica.

      "Esta foto se hizo en el cementerio americano de Normandía (Francia) en marzo de 2016, y este fue mi mejor intento para hacerle justicia. Sentí un tipo de cualidad trascendente indescriptible ante ese memorial que nunca había sentido antes. Hasta ahora sigue siendo mi lugar favorito y la forma en que el sol se refleja en las lápidas en esta foto me recuerda a la sensación de plenitud que experimento cuando voy allí".

      Andrew McCausland. Abbotsford BC, Canada. Segundo puesto - Panorámica.

      "Esta foto se tomó en el Yoho National Park de Canadá el 12 de octubre de 2016. Estaba viajando a Banff desde Vancouver y el sol se estaba ocultando entre las montañas, así que tuve que parar y captar la majestuosa montaña mientras la luz se iba".

      Brian Marchuck. Lancaster PA, United States. Tercer puesto - Panorámica.

      "El día empezó soleado y bonito. Íbamos en todoterreno por la montaña Sedona y entonces me bajé del coche cuando se formó una tormenta y la lluvia caía en bandas. La foto se llama Rain Over the Reds".

      La América que conozco

      Juan Carlos Castañeda. Astoria NY, Estado Unidos. Primer puesto - The America I Know.

      "Estas fotos se tomaron el 5 de diciembre de 2016 en Standing Rock, Dakota del Norte. Se suponía que ese día el Departamento del Sheriff de Morton County iba a desalojar a los miembros de la tribu Sioux. Miles de veteranos acudieron a ayudarnos a los que estábamos protestando. Nos dijeron que se habían comprometido a proteger este país de todos los enemigos, extranjeros y locales. El presidente Obama anunció que iba a frenar la construcción del oleoducto Dakota hasta que se realizara una investigación. Los veteranos siguieron manifestándose esa tarde y asegurándose de que todo el mundo se enteraba de que estaban ahí para proteger Standing Rock. La Madre Naturaleza se presentó ese día con una ventisca de entre 65 y 80 km/h y con temperaturas de -35ºC. La magnitud de la tormenta y la marcha quedan reflejadas en la foto. Todo el mundo seguía ahí de pie, era físicamente imposible continuar andando. Poco después de hacer la foto, la gente tuvo que volver a los campamentos y los trabajadores del otro lado del puente también tuvieron que irse. Demuestra perfectamente quiénes eran los responsables".

      Davis Bell. Los Angeles CA, Estados Unidos - The America I Know.

      "Cuando recorríamos la isla Antílope aquel día claro y fresco de septiembre no pude evitar sentirme impresionado y sorprendido por la inmensidad de esos bisontes. Ahí, en pleno campo abierto, mientras se movían por la hierba seca y dorada junto al Lago Salado, despacio, deliberadamente, a mí me crecía un sentimiento de fuerza tranquila como observador. Esta imagen sintetiza de muchas formas mi búsqueda interna en ese particular viaje. Estar a sólo un brazo de distancia de esa criatura colosal me dio un tiempo de pausa para reflexionar y buscar respuestas. Este animal que se convirtió en la imaginería del Oeste, y cuya popularidad está entretelazada a los pioneros, los vaqueros y los primeros habitantes de estas planicies americanas, permanece ahí como un remanente mítico, un símbolo de nuestro viaje americano y de lo que es posible con un poco de visión, un poco de valentía y mucha dedicación".

      Maria K. Pianu. Pordenone, Italia. Tercer puesto - The America I Know.

      "Cuando estoy en la zona de Nueva York, me gusta dar un paseo fuera de temporada por Coney Island. Esta foto se hizo durante un día ventoso de verano, respirando la brisa del océano e inspirándome por la atmósfera decadente de Coney Island y de la vieja escuela de Brooklyn".

      Noticias/eventos

      Samuel Nacar. Albacete, España. Primer puesto - Noticias/Sucesos. Los nómadas de Europa.

      "El lunes 24 de octubre comenzó el desalojo del mayor campo de migrantes de Europa, conocido como La Jungla, que está situado en el norte de Francia a sólo cinco kilómetros de la ciudad de Calais. El miércoles 26 de octubre se prendió fuego al campamento y miles de migrantes tuvieron que irse. Algunos de ellos fueron reubicados, otros no. En esta fotografía se puede ver a los miles de migrantes desalojados del campamento debido a los numerosos focos de fuego".

      Thea Mihu. Sibiu, Rumanía. Segundo puesto - Noticias/Sucesos.

      "Tomada el 4 de febrero de 2017, la imagen muestra las protestas contra la corrupción en Rumanía, las mayores desde la caída del comunismo, en las que miles de personas se manifestaron contra el Gobierno rumano".

      Xirui Huang. Hunan, China. Tercer puesto - Noticias/Sucesos.

      "Se hizo en enero de 2016, durante los enfrentamientos entre las fuerzas del Gobierno turco y los militantes del PKK en el distrito Sur, Diyarbakir".

      Este artículo fue publicado originalmente en el 'WorldPost' y ha sido traducido del inglés por Marina Velasco Serrano

      TAMBIÉN TE PUEDE INTERESAR

      Este fotógrafo ha 'vaciado' las calles de Madrid y el resultado es increíble

      El fotógrafo de Mauthausen también quiso mostrar la Guerra Civil

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      Échale un vistazo al Facebook de Tendencias. ¡SÍGUENOS!


                "China Faces Its Comeuppance" - Kyle Bass Warns Of "Tectonic Shift" In US Relationship   

      Hayman Capital's Kyle Bass ventured on to CNBC this morning to drop some painful truth bombs about Trump's "drastically changed Chinese diplomacy" and China's looming "come-uppance."

      Bass began by highlighting what he calls a "tectonic shift" in US-China relations in the last few days, pointing to two crucial events...

      1. Things changed drastically when US launched unilateral sanctions on China over North Korea...

      "Xi is a control freak and he absolutely doesn't appreciate the United States acting unilaterally"

      2. Things escalated when Trump sold $1.4bn in weapons to Taiwan, angering Beijing more as Bass notes:

      "Taiwan was the one area which Beijing has asked Trump to stay away from during his meeting at Mar-a-Lago."

       

      "Since the death of Otto Warmbier, any chance of meetings with North Korea are now off.. and our diplomatic relationship with China took a major step for the worse yesterday."

      Bass notes that "China is trying to make marginal changes in its balance of trade with US - buying beef once again and importing a lot more crude oil from the US."

      But then Bass shifts to the potentially even more precarious situation under the hood of China's economy. As Reuters reports, China's leaders want the restructuring of their massive non-performing loans problem to address financial risks while avoiding big employee lay-offs, and have instigated 'cure by committee'...

      "The solution for zombie firms isn't just bankruptcy," a Shandong-based banking official told Reuters. "The impact of bankruptcy is just too big. Just think about the thousands of workers. Social stability is key."

       

      Stability is always uppermost in the minds of Chinese leaders, and even more so this year, ahead of the five-yearly party congress this autumn, when a new generation of senior leaders will be selected.

       

      "China is avoiding the crisis of calling in loans that can't be repaid anyway," said Paul Gillis, professor of accounting at Peking University's Guanghua School of Management. "This buys time to do things in an orderly way."

      But Bass makes the crucial point that there are over 12,800 credit committees in China right now - overseeing CNY 14.5 trillion in debt for equity swaps - which is 8% of China's total non financial debt, and is over 3x the official NPL figure of 1.6%-1.9% of GDP.

      His final blow to any hopes that this solution will work...

      "This exceeds all the equity in the entire Chinese banking system."

      However, Bass's final warning of the endgame of this credit bubble is far more ominous, because all of the new-found economic confidence and military condidence is "based upon a massive credit expansion and they're going to have a comeuppance..."


                China, US ties sour over N.Korea, Taiwan   
      Relations between China and the United States soured on Friday as Beijing fumed over US arms sales to Taiwan and US sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea.
                [VIDEO] Tambour Battant - Every Body ft George Palmer   
      Ça vous dit d'écouter un petit extrait en vinyle de l'album de Tambour Battant, Dance All Night, sorti chez X-ray Production, dont on vous parlait récemment (la grosse chronique ici) ? Alors, branchez les enceintes, montez les basses et passez vous en boucle ce "Every Body" en feat. avec le MC espagnol George Palmer. Vous pouvez même pousser les meubles et transformer votre salon ou votre chambre en dancefloor, puisqu'après le "Spring Bounce" avec Taiwan MC (voir ici) et le "Move Pon Bakka" avec Bazil (voir ...
                Rita Moreno, Bill T. Jones, Spike Lee Among The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery Gala Honorees   

      The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery will hold its second biennial American Portrait Gala Sunday, Nov. 19, honoring five individuals whose achievements in their respective fields have been exemplary and whose portraits reside in the museum's collection.

      The 2017 recipients are former Secretary of State Dr. Madeleine K. Albright; Taiwanese American medical doctor and HIV/AIDS researcher David D. Ho, M.D.; artistic director, choreographer and dancer Bill T. Jones; film director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee; and multi-award-winning actress Rita Moreno.

      Honorees will be awarded the "Portrait of a Nation Prize" for their accomplishments in politics and diplomacy, the arts, science, entertainment and advocacy. As leaders in their fields, these five luminaries were selected because of their commitments to service, creativity, individuality, insight and inquiry.

      "This year's honorees represent America's accomplished experts on the forefront of their diverse fields," said Kim Sajet, director of the Portrait Gallery. "It is an honor to host such extraordinary individuals and to further our mission of building the museum's collection to continue to reflect our society's change makers, artists and leaders through portraiture."

      The goal of the American Portrait Gala is to raise $1 million to strengthen the museum's endowment for exhibitions, which supports compelling exhibitions that tell the dynamic and multifaceted story of America. The event's co-chairs are H.E. Martin Dahinden, Ambassador of Switzerland to the United States, and Mrs. Anita Dahinden; Rick and Susan Goings; Robert and Arlene Kogod; and David and Alice Rubenstein. The vice chairs are Netflix; Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Podell; and Mr. Joseph P. Ujobai and Mr. Eduardo Ardiles. The gala's program chairs are Mr. Tommie L. Pegues and Mr. Donald A. Capoccia.

      The American Portrait Gala will take place in the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, a signature element of the renovated National Historic Landmark Building shared by the National PortraitGallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

      Guests will enjoy a cocktail reception, seated dinner and presentations of the "Portrait of a Nation Prize." Information on sponsorship opportunities is available at npg.si.edu/gala.

      The original portraits of the honorees taken by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Gregory Heisler, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jesse Frohman and Adál Maldonado, respectively, will be on view in the museum during the gala beginning Nov. 17 through Nov. 4, 2018.

      The Portrait Gallery held its inaugural American Portrait Gala in 2015 and honored Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Henry "Hank" Aaron, U.S. Marine and Medal of Honor recipient Cpl. Kyle Carpenter, singer and musician Aretha Franklin, fashion designer Carolina Herrera and designer and artist Maya Lin, all of whose portraits are in the museum's collection.

      The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

      The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.


                Gorepot – A Friend With Weed Is A Friend Indeed (2017)   
      Genre: Brutal Death Metal Format: mp3 | CBR320kbps Country: Taiwan Size: 103 Mb Tracklist: 01. A Girl Phoned Me the Other Day and Said, Come On Over, There’s Nobody Home. I Went Over. Nobody Was Home 02:01 02. Is Raping a Hooker Considered Rape or Shoplifting 03:42 03. A Cheap Circumcision Is a Rip-Off 03:41 […]

                Yatta!   
      I long thought of traveling to Taiwan and Japan as a pilgrimage of sorts. Paying homage to the homelands of Hou, Yang, Tsai, Kurosawa, Ozu, Naruse, Mizoguchi, Miyazaki, Kore-eda et al. would surely be one of those transcendant experiences that exists somewhere over the rainbow. Right? I could visit the site of the former Dragon Inn! I could ride […]
                Comment on Pants for women, Parental Leave Announced for all LDS Church Employees by Hal   
      I didn't know the dress code included keeping suit jackets on all the time. Reminds me of my mission in Taiwan. Elder Jacob de Jager was our area authority. He would gaze over a room full of missionaries in shirt sleeves and say "Elders, you see I am wearing my suit jacket?" We would nod, knowing what was coming next. Elder de Jager would smile and say "I take it off." Loved that man!
                Un, dos, tres… al escondite taiwanés   
      El ilustrador Page Tsou, de Taiwán, propone un “juego del escondite” en el Museo ABC de Madrid Plantear y denunciar asuntos tan serios y preocupantes como el uso de las armas, las guerras o los desastres naturales, todo ello envuelto en un trasfondo de inocencia y juego infantil es lo que pretende la exposición “Hide-and-Seek […]
                Taiwan liberado para comprar 56 JSOW e 50 AGM-88B   

      A Agência de Cooperação de Segurança e Defesa dos EUA (DSCA) notificou o Congresso de que a administração Trump liberou a venda de 56 mísseis AGM-154C JSOW e 50 mísseis anti-radiação AGM-88B para Taiwan. O pacote JSOW custará a Taiwan US$ 185,5 milhões e os AGM-88B vão custar de US$ 147,5 milhões. A China já

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                Taiwanese Mobile App Market Analysis and Forecast    
      (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 30, 2017 ) Thanks to the diversified content and Internet services provided by mobile apps, smartphones have become an indispensable entertainment tool and also part of our daily lives. Therefore, MIC conducted a survey on smartphone users in the fourth quarter of 2015. The aim...
                Uncovering the Potential of IT Software Market Analysis and Forecast    
      (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 30, 2017 ) The Taiwanese IT software markets can be categorized based on functionality and service delivery methods. IT software refers to any software solutions that are provided to best fit user needs in the IT market, including application software, security software, database...
                For sale - air jordan 7 retro olympic Youth - Auction   
      Retro 4723, Australia
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                For sale - Canon ae-1 Official Camera 1984 Olympic Games With... - Auction   

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                China le advierte a Estados Unidos que la venta de armas a Taiwan “daña la confianza mutua”   
      Pekín llamó al país norteamericano a ponerle fin a cualquier acuerdo con la isla, la cual considera una provincia rebelde. Asegura que la operación “va en contra del consenso alcanzado” por Trump y Xi Jinping en Mar-a-Lago. La República Popular China condenó  la venta de armas por USD 1.300 millones de Estados Unidos a Taiwan y llamó […]
                微型電動車進軍新大陸、Renault Twizy化身Nissan New Mobility Concept 登場!|InCar癮車報   

      近年來在電動車領域中推出不少作品的Renault,現行旗下的各車系幾乎都具備ZE(Zero Emission)車款,其中身型最為嬌小的都會微型車款Twizy更是輕巧可愛,如今這款微型電動車也要跨越大西洋進軍美國了~

       

       

      在與車輛共享業者Scoot Networks合作之下、Renault-Nissan選擇以在北美較具知名度的Nissan作為Twizy在新大陸所掛上的廠徽,共有400輛Twizy將於舊金山以New Mobility Concept的名字亮相、並以Scoot Quad的名號進行營運,使用者可以用每半小時8美元、或是一天80美元的代價,駕著這款微型電動車在舊金山地區以零排放的方式自在移動。

      與歐規Twizy一樣、New Mobility Concept小巧的2320×1190×1460mm車身尺碼僅有450公斤重,搭載著4kW(約5hp)功率電動馬達、極速為40km/h,並有著約64.3公里的續航里程,對於都會通勤來說、算是相當不錯的選擇。

      [Source: Nissan]

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                這輛近三百萬台幣且由VOS操刀改造的BMW M2能引起你的興趣嗎?|InCar癮車報   

      就像其他的改裝廠一樣,VOS Performance也不落人後的替BMW M2發表了新的升級套件,不僅讓外觀看起來殺氣騰騰,動力表現也不會輸人。

      原廠的M2擁有370 PS的最大馬力以及47.4 kg-m的最大扭力,不過在畢業於VOS學院之後,這具3.0L直列六缸雙渦流渦輪增壓引擎的輸出增加到430 PS的最大馬力以及57.1 kg-m的最大扭力。

       

      不過VOS Performance並沒有透露有關0-100 km/h的數據表現,基本上理應比原廠還要快,也就是比4.3秒、或手排版的4.5秒還要進步。

      他們僅告訴大家這輛車的極速表現,也就是293 km/h,比原廠高了43 km/h。

      在外觀美學方面,這輛M2身穿全套的碳纖維套件,包括前下巴與定風翼、側裙、後下導流器與後保桿,同時還有20吋的OZ Leggera HLT輪圈,使用Michelin Super Sport輪胎(前245/30、後265/30),至於底盤部分,該車配備了H&R的運動化懸吊系統,能降低車高約35mm,不鏽鋼製的排氣系統也在配備清單中,最後,運動化座椅、自動恆溫空調、碳纖維飾板、以及等等之類的配件也一應俱全。

      至於售價,這輛由VOS操刀改造並刊登銷售的BMW M2要價$97,712美元(約296萬台幣),有興趣的話可以開始詢問了。














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                For sale - early hardy brothers 4 piece split cane fishing rod... - Auction   
      Cane 6710, Australia
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                Trump strikes at China with arms sales to Taiwan   
      Crazy hot this weekend on the coast, but good riding.

      The Trump Administration State Department released a large arms deal for Taiwan, something which has been long predicted but had been held up. According to Defense News, the deal was worth $1.3 on the surface, but will need Congressional approval and may end up below that figure. Lawmakers have 30 days to object, according to AP....
      The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday.

      The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
      Note that the routine formula is followed: we learn that China will be angry, but we do not learn that the people of Taiwan -- our ally! -- will gain protection. Thus, the framing is entirely negative. Sad. Further down, we are told the relationship has deteriorated but not that Beijing was the cause. Why are there alt-facts? Because the media refuses to accurately describe the world.

      I've placed the Nelson Report comments on the arms sale at the bottom of this post, but one quote from an anonymous and well placed Nelson Report reader said it all:
      "Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
      A longtime and knowledgeable observer said that Washington was rapidly accepting that it would need to stop delaying arms sales so that they can be rolled out in packages. Rather, they would have to be sent to Congress as soon as the Pentagon approves them. This would increase the deterrent effect. US-Taiwan Business Council head Rupert Hammond-Chambers added
      “The Council supports the return to a normal and regular process for assessing all Taiwan arms sales requests and sales. Packaging several years’ worth of items drives up the overall dollar value of each tranche of notifications. Each Taiwan arms sale also becomes a rare and compelling event, drawing significantly more attention than it might otherwise garner. This creates a more substantial opportunity for Chinese protests and posturing in response to each sale, protests that have had a deterrent effect on U.S. willingness to release needed but advanced systems to Taiwan - such as new-build fighters and submarines. It would be in the U.S. interest to provide less of an impetus for Chinese protests in response to Taiwan arms sales, and moving away from packaging would be a substantial step in the right direction.”
      Recall that this package was delayed by the Obama Administration -- an actual sellout of Taiwan's interests to please China.

      The US-Taiwan Business Council says the deal is for...
      The published FMS Congressional Notifications (transmittal numbers 16-67, 16-68, 16-69, 16-70, 16-73, 16-74, and 16-75) were for SM-2 Block IIIA All-Up Rounds, associated equipment and technical support (US$125 million); MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Conversion Kits, spare parts and other support and assistance (US$175 million); MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes, other support, spare parts, training, and assistance (US$250 million); Hardware, software, and other upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems supporting Taiwan’s KEELUNG Class destroyers (US$80 million); AGM-154C JSOW Air-to-Ground Missiles, spare/repair parts and other support and assistance (US$185.5 million); AGM-88B HARMs and Training HARMs, spare/repair parts, testing, and other support and assistance (US$147.5 million); SRP Operations and Maintenance follow-on sustainment (US$400 million).[i]
      Note that these are largely upgrades and additions to current systems. Nothing really major here. Details are here. ADDED: Note comment below about the package actually having some new/interesting things...

      Meanwhile this week a Senate Committee backs a bill calling for port calls in Taiwan by US naval ships (FocusTw):
      The Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a provision that will allow U.S. naval vessels to make regular stops at Taiwanese ports.

      The provision was adopted by a vote 21-6 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, which will now move on to the full Senate for consideration.

      It stipulates re-establishing "regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan" and permitting "U.S. Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan," according to a summary of the bill.
      It also calls for the US to provide technical support for weapons development in Taiwan, for indigenous undersea warfare vehicles (subs!!) and mines. China had a fainting spell and called for smelling salts over this. UPDATE: Apparently ROCN visits to PACOM ports such as Guam, Hawaii, and Yokusaka are also included in this, a Navy friend tells me.

      This is good news all around. It illustrates the old observation that whenever the US moves farther from China it moves closer to Taiwan. By the same token, it shows that Taiwan will always be at the mercy of the US relationship with China. But I don't expect that relationship to improve much... especially since the US sanctioned Chinese banks for dealing with N Korea. A clear signal, that....
      ____________
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      Below READ MORE is the Nelson Report:


      SUMMARY: the Administration delivered a "one-two punch" today for anyone who thinks that Xi Jinping somehow snowed Trump into going easy on Beijing because of alleged help on N. Korea, and being "transactional" on the vital question of helping Taiwan keep some semblance of an effective defense capability to deter PLA adventurism in a crisis:
      First, while Xi is still in Hong Kong (!) State announced a $1.4 billion arms sale package; then Treasury's OFAC announced it was finally implementing some "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and businesses still underwriting the Kim Regime in N. Korea despite Beijing's claims to oppose Kim's nukes, missiles and threats to one and all.
      Both come just before a Xi-Trump bilateral at the Hamburg G-20, and that coincides with the end of what a frankly sarcastic player calls "the Magic 100 Day Trade Review", virtually guaranteeing more will come as various "enforcement" decisions come due. Steel, anyone?
      A senior US-China hand preferring ANON status:
      "You have to read the OFAC decision as a 'vote of no confidence' by Trump in terms of Xi's willingness or ability to somehow 'fix' the N. Korea problem.  Trump now apparently realizes that the Chinese will always disappoint him. In fact, that they are built to do that!"
      National Security Advisor McMaster was politer yesterday at the Center for a New American Security, saying China represents a vital lever to pressure North Korea to step back from nuclear weapons.     
      "I think one the key elements of the strategy is that decision, how much China is able, really willing, able to help," McMaster said. "China does have a great deal of control over that situation, largely through coercive power related to its economic relations...The North Korean problem is not a problem between the United States and North Korea. It's a problem between North Korea, China and the world. And China recognizes that this is a big problem for them..."
      God help us, Treasury is Tweeting, also:
      Treasury targets Chinese bank serving as gateway for illicit N Korean financial activity, and issues sanctions: treasury.gov/press-center/p...
      Looking at the big picture, Loyal Reader Frank Jannuzi, Mansfield Foundation:
      "These are modest steps, probably long overdue from a technical standpoint.  That said, these moves will not significantly curtail China-DPRK trade and investment or encourage Beijing to be more cooperative at the UN.  To the contrary, Trump's mercurial nature will likely undercut Chinese support for U.S. pressure tactics and exacerbate growing tensions in U.S.-China relations.  Gonna be a long hot summer..."
      Oh yeah!! Here's an ANON quote on which the protection need is self-evident, both on content and point of origin:
      "Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
      Sigh, so much for good taste. Scroll down for the gory details of Trump's latest "mercurial". Here's the arms sale story from the official "background brief", attributable to a "U.S. Government official":
      This afternoon, the Department of State approved and delivered Congressional notifications for several sales to Taiwan cumulatively valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The notifications from DSCA are attached.
      Systems include:
      ·        Early Warning Radar Surveillance Technical Support ($400 million)
      ·        AGM-154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) ($185.5 million)
      ·        AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) Missiles ($147.5 million)
      ·        MK 48 6AT Heavy Weight Torpedoes ($250 million)
      ·        MK 46 to MK-54 Torpedo Upgrade ($175 million)
      ·        SM-2 Missile Components ($125 million)
      ·        AN/SLQ-32A Electronic Warfare (EW) Shipboard Suite Upgrade ($80 million) 
      The Administration has formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan cumulatively valued at $1.3 billion.
      Under long-standing U.S. policy, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. There is no change to our longstanding "one China" policy based on the Three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Today's notifications are consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, and our support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
      These sales represent upgrades including converting current defensive legacy systems from analog to digital.
      Across decades and Presidential Administrations, the United States has remained deeply committed to meeting Taiwan's defense needs. This Administration is resolved to fully implement the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act under which the United States makes available to Taiwan defense articles and services in such quantity necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
      Taiwan's defensive capability gives it the confidence to engage with the mainland in dialogue to improve cross-Strait relations.  In this context, our arms sales to Taiwan support peace and stability -- not only in the Taiwan Strait, but also in the entire Asia Pacific region. We support further development of cross-Strait relations at a pace and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
      Here's the AP story, which needs a couple of clarification/corrections:

      US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump

      [story removed]

      Your Editor: two points...first, the TRA does not "require" arms sales, but it doesrequire that the Administration consult with Congress on what is needed to help Taiwan preserve the peaceful status quo vis a vis the Mainland. 

      Perhaps this misunderstanding accounts for our second concern, the claim that today's announcement does not "violate" the TRA. Huh!?  How did anyone at State get that idea? Matt is a valued colleague and experienced reporter, so we have nodoubt he quoted Nauret accurately...

      _______________________
      Don't miss the comments below! And check out my blog and its sidebars for events, links to previous posts and picture posts, and scores of links to other Taiwan blogs and forums!

                LEAD La Chine s'oppose fermement à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan   
      La Chine s'oppose fermement à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan et exige des Etats-Unis qu'ils cessent toute transaction en ce sens avec Taiwan, a déclaré vendredi le porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Lu Kang.
                LEAD La Chine s'oppose résolument à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan   
      La Chine est résolument opposée au projet des Etats-Unis de vendre des armes à Taiwan, a déclaré vendredi Ma Xiaoguang, porte-parole du Bureau des affaires de Taiwan du Conseil des Affaires d'Etat.
                La Chine s'oppose résolument à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan   
      La Chine est résolument opposée au projet des Etats-Unis de vendre des armes à Taiwan, a déclaré vendredi Ma Xiaoguang, porte-parole du Bureau des affaires de Taiwan du Conseil des Affaires État.
                La Chine s'oppose fermement à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan   
      La Chine s'oppose fermement à la vente d'armes par les États-Unis à Taiwan et exige des États-Unis qu'ils cessent toute transaction en ce sens avec Taiwan, a déclaré vendredi le porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Lu Kang.
                adidas in Taiwan   

      Chris Mulhern has uploaded this edit comprised of footage from a trip to Taiwan in February 2016 with Rodrigo TX, Dennis Busenitz and more

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                VARIASI SOAL SOAL PALING SULIT STAN TAHUN 2016   
      VARIASI SOAL SOAL PALING SULIT STAN TAHUN 2016
      81.    Menurut survei Transparency International Indonesia unit pelayanan terkorup adalah:
      A.    Kepolisian
      B.    Peradilan
      C.    Bea Cukai
      D.    Pajak
      82.    Menurut survei Transparency International Indonesia, kota di Indonesia yang memiliki indeks KKN terendah adalah:
      A.    Yogyakarta
      B.    Wonosobo
      C.    Malang
      D.    Makasar
      83.    Kepala Staf Angkatan Darat saat ini adalah:
      A.    Jenderal Ryamizard Ryacudu
      B.    Letjen Djoko Santoso
      C.    Letjen Djaja Suparman
      D.    Mayjen Syafrie Syamsudin
      84.    Danau terluas di dunia adalah:
      A.    Victoria di Afrika
      B.    Laut Kaspia di Asia
      C.    Great Bear di Kanada
      D.    Huron di Amerika
      85.    BPKP merupakan kependekan dari:
      A.    Badan Pengawas Keuangan Pembangunan
      B.    Badan Pemeriksaan Keuangan dan Pembangunan
      C.    Badan Pengawasan Keuangan dan Pembangunan
      D.    Badan Pengawas Keuangan dan Pembangunan
      86.    Bangunan pencakar langit yang tertinggi di dunia adalah:
      A.    Petronas di Malaysia
      B.    Taipei 101 di Taiwan
      C.    Empire State Building di New York
      D.    Sears Tower di Chicago
      87.    TAP MPR yang menjadi tonggak kemajuan HAM di Indonesia adalah:
      A.    TAP XI/MPR/1998
      B.    TAP XII/MPR/1998
      C.    TAP XIV/MPR/1998
      D.    TAP XVII/MPR/1998
      88.    Pada tahun 2004 kita melaksanakan Pemilu yang antara lain untuk memilih DPD (Dewan Perwakilan Daerah) dengan:
      A.    Sistem Proporsional
      B.    Sistem Proporsional stelsel daftar tertutup
      C.    Sistem Distrik seperti di AS
      D.    Sistem Distrik keterwakilan terbanyak
      89.    Senyawa yang terdiri atas dua atom penyusun disebut:
      A.    Senyawa Biner
      B.    Senyawa Kovalen
      C.    Senyawa Asam
      D.    Senyawa Basa
      90.    Pelaku ekonomi terbagi atas
      A.    Produsen, konsumen, pengecer, perusahaan
      B.    Pemakai, penghasil, pemerintahan dan luar negeri
      C.    Produsen, konsumen, pemerintah, penyalur
      D.    Pemakai, penghasil, pengekspor, pengimpor
      91.    Penyakit jantung dapat dipicu oleh tingginya kolesterol berbahaya yang disebut:
      A.    HDL
      B.    LDL
      C.    HCL
      D.    LCD
      92.    Sumber pendanaan APBN dari masyarakat yang harus dikembalikan adalah
      A.    Pajak
      B.    Cukai
      C.    Hibah
      D.    SUN
      93.    Pada akhir-akhir ini diberitakan adanya penolakan sebagian masyarakat atas terbitnya Perpres No. 36 tahun 2005. Perpres tersebut mengatur tentang:
      A.    pendidikan
      B.    kesehatan
      C.    ganti rugi tanah yang dipergunakan untuk kepentingan umum
      D.    dana kompensasi BBM
      94.    Mahkamah konstitusi lahir dari UU 24/2003 mempunyai tugas di bawah ini, kecuali:
      A.    Menguji UU terhadap UUD 1945
      B.    Memutuskan perselisihan hasil Pemilu
      C.    Memutuskan pembubaran partai politik
      D.    Memutuskan tingkat banding
      95.    Permainan basket diciptakan/ditemukan oleh:
      A.    Dr. James A. Naismith
      B.    Dr. Luther LC Gullick
      C.    Dr. Almer Beny
      D.    Win Latumeten
      96.    Warga Negara Indonesia yang pernah mendapat hadiah Nobel adalah:
      A.    Adam Malik
      B.    Uskup Belo
      C.    Goenawan Muhammad
      D.    KH. Abdurahman Wahid
      97.    Ada berbagai macam motif pada desain dekorasi agar menarik. Yang termasuk motif geometris adalah:
      A.    manusia
      B.    naga
      C.    silinder
      D.    tumbuhan
      98.    Tragedi gelombang Tsunami yang terjadi di Aceh akibat dari:
      A.    Gempa Oceanik
      B.    Gempa Vulkanik
      C.    Gempa Mekanik
      D.    Gempa Tektonik
      99.    Berikut ini adalah tokoh yang pernah menjadi Kaisar di Jepang, kecuali:
      A.    Akihito
      B.    Hirohito
      C.    Yoshihito
      D.    Showahito
      100.    Susunan huruf-huruf RBYSAAAU akan membentuk nama .... di Indonesia.
      A.    Propinsi
      B.    Kota
      C.    Gunung
      D.    Sungai

                China strongly protests US arms sales to Taiwan   

      China strongly protests US arms sales to TaiwanBEIJING (AP) — China on Friday strongly protested a U.S. plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled.



                夏日甜心 千日紅-乒乓—2017年7月桌布   
      千日紅 乒乓-粉 花色清雅,花型可愛。

      千日紅由於花序上的小花會不斷開放,所以花期很長。初期花序是半球型的,會慢慢增厚成球型,接著再繼續往上增長成圓柱型,搭配上細長的花莖,整體植株外型討喜可愛。

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                Taiwanese At Play   
      Taiwanese At Play Old-timey movie of an asian girl at play.

                Revisiting Taiwan, Japan For Updates On iPhone 8 Launch, Memory Supply, Passive Component Supply, And The TMC Deal   
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                 Johanna Konta draws Su-Wei Hsieh in Wimbledon first round    
      Hsieh is currently ranked 109 in the world, with her career high of 23 coming in 2013. That was also the same year the Taiwanese won the doubles at SW19. Her best singles run to the third round came in 2012.
                AirAsia Cabin Crew Recruitment – July 2017 (Taiwan)   
      Interview Date & Venue: Date: 23 July 2017 Venue: Hotel Orchard park Taoyuan, No. 777, Daguan Road, Dayuan district Taoyuan City, 33749 Taiwan Registration time from 9am to 11am Dress code: Female – Smart casual (strictly knee-length dress/skirt only) with full … Continue reading
                USA liefern Waffen an Taiwan   
      Die US-Regierung hat den milliardenschweren Verkauf von Raketen und Torpedos an Taiwan genehmigt - und bringt die chinesische Führung gegen sich auf. Diese reichte umgehend Beschwerde in Washington ein.
                China critica venda de armas americanas a Taiwan   

      A China expressou nesta sexta-feira sua veemente oposição a uma venda de armas americanas à ilha de Taiwan, que Pequim considera uma de suas províncias. o governo de Donald Trump autorizou a venda de armas por um valor de 1,3 bilhão de dólares ao governo de Taipé, incluindo bombas guiadas, mísseis e torpedos, anunciou o […]

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                China strongly protests US arms sales to Taiwan   
      BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has strongly protested a U.S. plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Friday said Washington should immediately stop the sale to avoid harming relations with Beijing. He said the […]
                Trump dice "La era de la paciencia estratégica con Corea del Norte ha terminado"   

      El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, y su homólogo surcoreano, Moon Jae-in, se han reunido este viernes en Washington. Tras la reunión, Trump y Jae-in ofrecieron comentarios la necesidad de poner fin al programa nuclear de Corea del Norte, aunque no respondieron a las preguntas de los periodistas.

      Según publicó actualidad.rt.com, Trump se ha referido a la muerte del estudiante estadounidense Otto Warmbier, que falleció este mes en EE.UU. tras pasar un año en una cárcel norcoreana, de donde fue enviado a su país en estado vegetativo.

      Según Trump, este caso refleja la brutalidad de este régimen que "no respeta las vidas humanas". Asimismo, Trump acusó a Pionyang de no tener "ningún respeto" por "la seguridad de su gente o de sus vecinos".

      "La era de paciencia estratégica con Corea del Norte fracasó. Y, francamente, esa paciencia ha terminado", afirmó Trump. 

      En relación a la presión que ambos países ejercerían contra Pionyang, Trump afirmó que cuentan con "muchas opciones", aunque no reveló cuáles, informa la cadena NBC. "Estamos en el proceso de examinar las muchas opciones que tenemos", dijo el presidente en su único comentario al respecto.

      Washington presiona a Pekín

      Esta semana Washington impuso nuevas sanciones contra empresas y bancos chinos, en lo que supone un nuevo paso para presionar a Pekín y que actúe contra Pionyang. Paralelamente, el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. ha aprobado una venta de armas a Taiwán por un monto total de 1.400 millones de dólares.

      China ha reaccionado con enfado ante este contrato porque -asegura el embajador chino en EE.UU., Cui Tiankai- "mina la confianza mutua entre los dos países" alcanzada tras la reciente reunión celebrada en abril entre Trump y el presidente chino Xi Jinping.

       


                오늘의 미국 [6. 30 ’17 USA]   
      '오늘의 미국' AD없이 다시듣기 + YouTube 팟빵 iTunes 한미정상회담을 끝내고 두나라 대통령이 발표한 성명은 회담 전의 주장과 같았습니다. 문재인 대통령은 북한의 핵위협을 깊이 인식한다면서 동시에 한미동맹을 강조했습니다. 트럼프 대통령은 북한에 대한 미국의 전략적 인내는 끝났고 자국방어를 할 것이며, 무역협정도 재조정이 시작됐다고 밝혔습니다. 두나라 정상은 공동성명 발표 이전의 기자 브리핑에서도 북한과 무역에 관해 솔직한 회담을 했다고 밝혔으며 구체적인 내용은 말하지 않았지만, 분위기는 무척 좋았습니다. 트럼프 대통령은 무역협정을, 문재인 대통령은 한미동맹을 강조했습니다. 공식성명이 아닌 형식에서 다른나라 정상이 외국어를 할 때 미국언론은 미국대통령의 말만 전하고는 카메라를 거두는데 오늘은 문재인 대통령의 말을 끝까지 전했습니다. 한국측이 문재인 대통령의 메시지를 영어로 통역했기 때문입니다. 문재인 대통령이 말한 시간이 트럼프 대통령보다 두배 이상 길었습니다. 트럼프 대통령, 여러 미국장관과 경제보좌관들과 미팅에서도 미국측의 주요이슈는 무역적자였습니다. 문재인 대통령은 한국은 이미 공정한 무역을 하고 있다고 적절한 톤으로 말했습니다. 한미정상회담은 미국 전문가들이 예상했던대로 좋은 관계로 출발하길 원하는 양국 대통령의 입장이 반영됐습니다. 북한핵문제로 확고한 공조가 필요하기 때문입니다. [caption id="attachment_96091" align="alignnone" width="450"] FILE PHOTO - A demonstrator holds flags of Taiwan and the United States in support of Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen during an stop-over after her visit to Latin America in Burlingame, California, U.S., January 14, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam 미국에서는 한미정상회담을 앞두고 중국에 실망한 미국이 대만에 무기를 팔겠다고 발표한 게 빅 이슈입니다. 중국이 당장 등에 칼을 꽂은 것이라면서 취소하라고 요구합니다. 정상회담이 빅 이슈였던 오늘도 트럼프 대통령은 케이블 방송 여자앵커를 트위터로 비난한 것에 대해 역비난을 받고 있습니다. 백악관 부대변인은 대통령은 불에는 불로 싸우는 사람이라면서 트럼프 대통령을 방어했습니다. 트럼프 대통령으로부터 여자비하와 같은 조롱을 받은 여자앵커와 같은 프로그램의 남자앵커는 워싱턴 포스트에 공동 기고문을 썼습니다. 트럼프 대통령이 대통령을 하기에는 정상이 아니고 어린이들에게 나쁜 표준이라는 주제입니다. Lucy Mirando (Tilda Swinton) and Mija (An Seo Hyun) in Okja. Barry Wetcher/Netflix 한국영화 '옥자'는 미국은 물론 세계에서 큰 주목을 받고 있습니다. 미국 NPR 방송과 영국 이코노미시트는 '옥자'를 기업과 인간의 탐욕, 그리고 그같은 흠결을 넘어선 따뜻함이 있는 영화라고 평합니다.
                Linking parental socialization about discrimination to intergroup attitudes: The role of social dominance orientation and cultural identification.   
      Objectives: This study investigated the interaction of parental socialization about discrimination and social dominance orientation (SDO) in predicting the cultural identity and intergroup attitudes of the Minnanese, an ethnic group in Taiwan that faced systematic discrimination during the early decades of Chinese Nationalist rule. Because high SDO individuals tend to support group-based dominance, we hypothesized that under high preparation for bias, which may reinforce narratives that place the historically disadvantaged Taiwanese in a subordinate position, Minnanese high in SDO would identify less with Taiwanese and more with Chinese (the historically high-status outgroup) compared with their low SDO counterparts. Method: We examined our hypotheses using a sample of Minnanese (N = 365; 183 women, 182 men; average age = 44.35) who participated in a nationally representative survey of Taiwanese adults. Results: As predicted, among Minnanese exposed to high levels of preparation for bias, those with high SDO expressed greater levels of Chinese identification and more favorable attitudes toward Chinese than their low SDO counterparts (no difference was found in attitudes toward Taiwanese). Among Minnanese exposed to low levels of preparation for bias, SDO predicted neither Chinese nor Taiwanese identity. Moreover, the interaction effect of preparation for bias and SDO on attitudes toward Chinese was mediated by Chinese identity. Conclusion: Using a unique, non-Western sample, this study demonstrated the role that parental socialization about past discrimination, in combination with belief in group-based dominance, plays in the construction of group identity and intergroup attitudes among members of historically disadvantaged ethnic groups. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2017 APA, all rights reserved)
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                USA vil sælge våben til Taiwan for knap ti milliarder kroner   
      USA's våbensalg til Taiwan skal ikke opfattes som en provokation mod kineserne, oplyser Trump-regeringen.
                Trump risks angering China with $1.4billion arms deal to Taiwan   
      Trump risks angering China with $1.4billion arms deal to Taiwan
                China strongly protests US arms sales to Taiwan   

      BEIJING >> China on Friday strongly protested a U.S. plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled.

      Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the sale would severely damage China's sovereignty and security interests and run counter to Washington's commitment to a "one-China" policy.


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                A330 Non Type Rated First Officers Eva Air Taiwan   

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                Taiwan closer to allowing same-sex marriage   
      Taiwan's top court has cleared the way for the island to become the first place in Asia to grant same-sex couples the right to marry.

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                Same-Sex Marriage Finally Comes to Germany   

      On Friday morning, the German parliament approved amending the country's laws to allow for same-sex marriage. The vote, in which 393 members voted in favor, while 226 voted against and 4 abstained, was in reponse to a proposal put forward by the Social Democratic party. Chancellor Angela Merkel, who had previously opposed the measure—and indeed still voted "no" herself—had, in a surprise pivot, told her Christian Democrat party to "follow their conscience" on Monday. And to the joy of German gays, lesbians, and bisexuals, as well as Pride revelers the world-over, they followed it to the right conclusion.

      Merkel had long indicated that she had a "hard time" with same-sex marriage, particularly with regard to the raising of children. But apparently a recent dinner with a lesbian couple who care for eight foster children softened her view. According to the L.A. Times, Merkel signaled her shift at live event put on by Brigitte magazine on Monday:

      “I had a life-changing experience in my home constituency,” Merkel explained during a question-and-answer session with the audience. She said she had been invited to dinner with a woman and her partner who were caring for eight foster children. She saw that the children were well cared for, and it dawned on her that her party’s arguments against same-sex marriage were no longer valid. “If the youth welfare service entrusts a lesbian couple with eight foster children, then the state could no longer use child welfare as an argument against adoptions,” she said.

      As the BBC points out, Merkel also has political incentives for allowing the vote now, despite opposition within her own party. A recent poll found that 83 percent of Germans supported marriage equality, and with an election coming up in September, the change will take one campaign issue off the table: "The Greens, the far-left Linke, and the pro-business Free Democrats all back same-sex marriage," explained the BBC. "In fact, they have refused to enter a future coalition deal unless reform is agreed on."

      Queer German families will likely care less about the motivations than the effect. Evelyne Paradis, executive director of ILGA-Europe, one of Europe's major LGBTQ advocacy organizations, cheered the move in a statement on Friday: “After years of waiting and hoping, rainbow families in Germany will now receive equal recognition under the law," she said. "This is a historic milestone that can inspire even more change for LGBTI people.” The move means that couples will now enjoy joint adoption rights, in addition to all the other rights tied to marriage.

      Germany's entry into the marriage equality fold follows on the heels of a major court decision in Taiwan in May ordering that country to amend its laws to allow for same-sex marriage within two years. Germans are expected to be able to wed as early as the end of 2017.

      This post has been updated.


                Trump: Washington approves $1.3B arms sale to Taiwan   
      Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a US government official said Thursday, in a move likely to provoke the ire of Beijing which considers the island a rebel province.
                EE.UU. enfurece a Pekín: ¿Desafía Trump a China con una venta de armas a Taiwán?   
      El Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. ha aprobado este jueves una venta de armas a Taiwán por un monto total de 1.400 millones de dólares. Se trata del primer acuerdo armamentístico que la Administración Trump busca sellar con la isla taiwanesa, informa el periódico 'The Guardian'.
      El contrato, que se cierra en medio de la tensión militar en la zona, viene a ser un paso desafiante ante la política de una sola China desarrollada por las autoridades de Pekín, que considera la isla taiwanesa como parte de su territorio.
      Según informa el medio, citando fuentes gubernamentales, la venta se compone de siete contratos de venta de armamento que alcanzarían los 1.420 millones de dólares e incluirían desde soporte técnico para radares de alerta temprana, hasta misiles antiaéreos, torpedos y otros sistemas.

      La reacción de Pekín

      La reacción de Pekín ante el anuncio no se ha hecho esperar. El embajador de China en EE.UU., Cui Tiankai, declaró, citado por Reuters, que "todas estas acciones —las sanciones contra compañías chinas y en especial la venta de armas a Taiwán— minan la confianza mutua entre los dos países y contradicen el espíritu del encuentro en Mar a Lago", en referencia al que Trump y Xi Jinping mantuvieron durante la visita oficial del mandatario asiático a Estados Unidos.  
      Por su parte, el portavoz de la cancillería china, Lu Kang, que dijo que su país ya ha expresado sus críticas a las autoridades de EE.UU. de forma oficial, tanto en Pekín como en Washington, ha recalcado que Taiwán es "parte integrante" de China. En este sentido, ha calificado la venta de armas por EE.UU. a Taiwán de "violación grave del derecho internacional y de los principios básicos de relaciones internacionales", y ha instado al país norteamericano a evitar decisiones de este tipo para no influir "negativamente" en la cooperación entre ambos países en otros ámbitos, cita la agencia RIA Novosti.
      Pekín considera a Taiwán como una provincia rebelde y desde 1979 EE.UU. reconoce que Taiwán es parte de China y que las relaciones entre Washington y Pekín se rigen por un conjunto de protocolos conocidos como la política de una sola China.

                John Carlo Pagunaling’s costumes make it to 2017 World Stage Design exhibition   
      John Carlo Pagunaling's costume designs for "Ampalaya the Musical" will be exhibited under the Emerging Designers category at the 2017 World Stage Design (WSD) event in Taipei, Taiwan. Held every four years, the event showcases set, costume, lighting and sound work by designers from around the world, chosen by an international screening panel. The works of three other Filipino designers---Mio Infante, Gino Gonzales and Jethro Joaquin---will be exhibited under the Professional Designers category. Selected for exhibition are Infante's set design for "Rak of Aegis" for Philippine Educational Theater Association (Peta); Gonzales' costume designs for "Labaw Donggon" for Ateneo En...

      Keep on reading: John Carlo Pagunaling’s costumes make it to 2017 World Stage Design exhibition
                China strongly protests U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   

      BEIJING (AP) — Beijing has strongly protested a U.S. plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled.

      Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Friday said Washington should immediately stop the sale to avoid harming relations with Beijing.

      He said the ...

                蔡英文出面回应“年改”:没人会因改革而活不下去   

      “立法院”临时会30日完成了《公务人员退休资遣抚恤法》、《公立学校教职员退休资遣抚恤条例》、《政务人员退职抚恤条例》修正案三大“年改”法案,蔡英文在讲话中表示“年改”相关法案通过,估计将可省下140...
                China, US ties sour over N.Korea, Taiwan   
      China, US ties sour over N.Korea, TaiwanThe sudden US actions and China's angry response mark a break from the friendlier tone that had emerged after US President Donald Trump hosted Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his Florida resort in April.
                Green Island - Shawna Yang Ryan (2016)   







      Green Island begins in 1949 when Taiwan came under martial law instigated by the Chinese Nationalist Party, who had fled mainland China after finally being defeated by the Communists in the Chinese Civil War. In 1986 I studied Chinese history as one of my year 12 subjects. Green Island reminded me of some of what I learned, but mostly it alerted me to what was left out of our curriculum, as if the ensuing history of what then happened in Taiwan was irrelevant. Shawna Yang Ryan has provided Western readers with an accessible account of what life was like for the Taiwanese from February 1947 onward, from the massacres that resulted from the influx of Nationalist forces, through to the SARs epidemic of the early 2000s.

      Ryan’s unnamed narrator recounts the story of her family, beginning when she was born in the family home in Taipei on the night of the first massacre (up to 30,000 people ended up dying at the hands of Nationalist soldiers). Ryan, a Chinese American, lived in Taiwan for two years in order to research for the novel, exploring the island, accessing historical media and talking to people who had lived through those times. Such commitment and depth of research does give the novel an authentic tone, which is something that can be absent from historical fiction. Throughout the novel there is a great deal of familial detail, which can sometimes result in an uneven narrative pace, however this is offset by the resulting emotional connection developed over the course of Green Island. I had underestimated Ryan’s writing, believing that I was reasonably indifferent to the lives of the characters, even through their many hardships, until late in the novel when the narrator returns to Taiwan after a long absence and is placed in danger by the KMT. I felt protective of her and her partner, the idealistically naive Wei, and I realised that Shawna Yang Ryan had hooked me without me even noticing.

      My interest and involvement in the novel increased once the narrator marries and subsequently moves to California where her husband lectures at Berkley University. The narrator not only has to navigate a new culture but, more importantly, she is given first-hand experience of the reach and power of the KMT, something that she could only imagine previously through the experiences of her father who had suffered through eleven years in captivity during the first decade of martial law. In California they give shelter to an escaped activist, Jia Bao, who plots with Wei to expose the evils of the KMT regime. The narrator’s relationship with the stoic Jia Bao and the danger it puts her and her family in gives the narrative an injection of tension that acts as a pay-off for some of the more prosaic sections earlier in the novel.


      Although Green Island is certainly flawed, by the concluding chapters the novel had revealed itself to be much more accomplished than it had initially promised. More importantly Green Island deserves admiration for raising awareness in the West of Taiwanese history. Significantly the novel gives a voice to the multitudes of Taiwanese who suffered under the longest period of martial law (40 years) in modern history. Green Island is also an example of the importance of quality fiction. Fiction reveals histories, ideas, psychologies and foreign cultures that would be otherwise inaccessible to readers who find the idea of reading door-stop sized history books unappealing.

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                Tennis (20:29) - Fünfter Final von Hingis/Chan   
      Dem Doppel Martina Hingis/Chan Yung-Jan winkt im südenglischen Seebad Eastbourne nach dem Finaleinzug der fünfte gemeinsame Titel in den letzten vier Monaten. Im Halbfinal des WTA-Turniers verloren die Ostschweizerin und die Taiwanerin nur ein Game und mussten dem amerikanisch-britischen Duo Nicole Melichar/Anna Smith keinen Breakball zugestehen. Im Final dürfte es am Samstag etwas schwieriger werden. Hingis/Chan treffen auf die French-Open-Finalistinnen Ashleigh Barty und Casey Dellacqua aus Australien.
                China verärgert über Trumps ersten Waffendeal mit Taiwan in Milliardenhöhe   
      Mit ihrer Entscheidung, Taiwan Waffen im Wert von mehr als 1,4 Milliarden Dollar zu verkaufen, hat die US-Regierung China verärgert. Die Regierung in Peking, die Taiwan als Teil der Volksrepublik betrachtet, warnt nun vor Konsequenzen für die Beziehungen mit den USA.
                Comment on Taiwan Drama Remake of Meteor Garden Vetting Handsome Young Actors for F4 Roles by azn_sky   
      LOL. Considering how Wu Lei's (Leo Wu) star power are continuously rising, I think Angie can keep dreaming about him. I know this production is a collaboration between both China and Taiwan (especially since C-dramas dominate the field in Asia now). Is Vivian Sung still the female lead? Lay, Jackson and WinWin are up for roles? PFFT! Yeah it could backfire.
                Mahjong   
      Mahjong este foarte asemănător cu Rummy si este jucat cu gresie. Obiectivul principal este de a construi seturi cu gresie prin desen şi eliminându-le. În diferite variante are dale de diferite, dar întotdeauna este jucat de patru jucători. Nu există pic de uniformitate în modul Mahjong este jucat în diferite provincii din China şi a jucat în mod diferit în Hong Kong, Taiwan şi Singapore. Mahjong chineză tradiţională este jucat cu 144 dale inclusiv 8 flowerseason dale şi unele variante să includă doar 136 dale fără flowerseason placi care sunt optional dale folosite pentru a aplica bonusuri. Regulilor prezentate aici se bazează pe o consolidare a diferitelor abordări diferite care este documentat în conformitate cu normele WSOM World Series de Mahjong care a încercat un set mai standardizat de reguli.
                What are you using for Domino SPAM fighting?   

      I guess all have issues with spam. I have had some success with using DNS blacklist filters. It takes out about 80% of the spam (only judging by the massive domino logging it produces, I have not counted them) but some still slips by.

      I am using the following blacklists at the moment:

      cbl.abuseat.org
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      dnsbl.njabl.org
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      If you have any better ones feel free to share. My settings are listed in the picture below. 

      Also if you have any experience with other filters I would like to know about it.

       


                Water Wars: Tugs-of-War, Figurative and Literal   
      Chinese Construction and Patrolling Operations Continue Apace in Contested Waters and U.S. Doubles Down on Its Defense Commitment to Taiwan (Photo: Center for Strategic and International Studies/Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, DigitalGlobe) Following last week’s U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue, the Chinese Foreign Ministry issued a weekend press release highlighting takeaways from the event. Written like a joint statement but delivered only by Beijing, the press release declared that both sides are committed to “mak[ing] joint efforts to expand mutually-beneficial cooperation, manag[ing] differences on the basis of mutual respect, and promot[ing] the sound and steady development of China-U.S. relations in the long term.” With regard to the South China Sea, the parties “support efforts to maintain peace and stability[,]…support resolving disputes by peaceful means[,]…[and] support the management of disputes through…
                Seven Sigma International   

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                US to sell $1.4B in weapons systems to Taiwan   
      Via Billy

      US to sell $1.4B in weapons systems to Taiwan 

      The State Department on Thursday approved several weapons sales -- estimated to be worth more than $1.4 billion -- to Taiwan.

      The seven approved foreign military sales are the first to the country under the Trump administration. The move is likely to provoke China, which does not accept Taiwan as a separate nation, but instead considers it part of its territory.

      The deals include sales of Early Warning Radar Surveillance systems, the Joint Stand-off Weapon, torpedoes, missiles, electronic upgrades, and related parts, according to a State Department official.

      “These sales primarily represent upgrades to existing defense capabilities aimed at converting current legacy systems from analog to digital,” the official said.

      The official said the State Department has notified Congress of the intended deals, which comply with the Taiwan Relations Act.

      More @ The Hill

                China Demands Trump Administration Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan   
      China protested Friday the Trump administration’s $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan as a violation of its sovereignty and demanded that the deal be cancelled....
                7/1/2017: Around The World: US Plans to Sell Taiwan $1.42 Billion in Arms   

      Washington: The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump. US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters the administration had told Congress of the seven...
                US risks angering China as it blacklists bank over dealings with North Korea and sells weapons to Taiwan   
      'These actions... will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides,' says China's ambassador to Washington
                WTO hears widespread criticism of U.S. steel tariff plan   

      By Tom Miles

      GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump's plan to restrict imports of steel and aluminium for national security reasons came under fire at the World Trade Organization on Friday, with China, the European Union, Brazil, Australia, Taiwan and Russia raising concerns.

      Trump's recourse to a Cold War-era trade law would allow him to restrict imports of goods deemed critical to national defence. But invoking national defence is all but taboo at the WTO, the arbiter of international trade rules since 1995, because some trade experts think it could make it easy for countries to escape their international trade obligations.

      China and the EU both told the WTO's Goods Council that the "section 232" tariffs could not be justified on national security grounds, said a trade official who attended Friday's meeting, while others were concerned about a potential risk to the world trading system itself.

      The Trump administration is studying the case for the potential new tariffs but delayed publication of the eagerly awaited study until after the president has spoken with G20 leaders in Germany next week, an administration official said on Thursday.

      That did not stop a few pre-emptive strikes at the WTO, with the EU's representative at the meeting saying the bloc might bear the brunt of U.S. tariffs because Chinese exports are already largely subject to U.S. restrictions and Canada and Mexico are likely to be exempt.

      The EU would "be firm in taking all necessary actions" if its exports are restricted, the official said, adding that a proliferation of such tariffs would cause unacceptable systemic risks -- a concern echoed by other countries at the meeting.

      The trade diplomat from Russia, which called the debate on the issue, asked for details such as the timeframe and scope of potential tariffs, and also questioned the commercial justification for further U.S. limitations on imports of steel and aluminium.

      Australia warned that the United States could face retaliation, while Japan's representative said that Japan had an interest and was following the U.S. government's actions closely.

      The U.S. diplomat at the meeting responded by saying that if U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross found steel or aluminium was being imported "in such quantities or in such circumstances as to threaten to impair national security", he would recommend actions to be taken to "adjust the imports of steel and aluminium."

      (Editing by John Stonestreet and David Goodman)


                By: Mark S.   
      The Romans invented grammar? Ah, that might explain why "<a href="http://www.chinapost.com.tw/commentary/the%20china%20post/joe%20hung/2008/06/09/160163/p1/How-to.htm" rel="nofollow">Chinese grammar is an import from the West.</a>" That's from a regular writer for one of Taiwan's three English newspapers. The rest of the piece is filled with similar nonsense.
                ‘பாகுபலி 2’க்கு தைவானில் வரவேற்பு   
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      ராஜமௌலி இயக்கத்தில் பிரபாஸ், அனுஷ்கா, ராணா, சத்யராஜ், நாசர், தமன்னா மற்றும் பலர் நடித்த ‘பாகுபலி 2’ படம் ஏப்ரல் மாதம் சுமார் 9000 தியேட்டர்களில் உலகம் முழுவதும் வெளியானது.

      100 கோடி, 500 கோடி, 1000 கோடி, 1700 கோடி என பல கோடிகளை வசூலித்து வந்த இந்த படம் அடுத்து 2000 கோடியைத் தாண்டுமா என்பதுதான் அடுத்த எதிர்பார்ப்பாக உள்ளது.

      சீனா உள்ளிட்ட இன்னும் வெளியாகாத நாடுகளில் அடுத்தடுத்த சுற்று வெளியீடுகளில் நல்ல வரவேற்பு கிடைத்தால்தான் 2000 கோடி வசூலைத் தாண்ட முடியும்.

      அடுத்த சுற்று வெளியீடாக இன்று முதல் தைவான் நாட்டில் தைபே, தயுவான், சின்சு, தைசங், சியாயி, தைனன், கோசியுங் ஆகிய ஊர்களில் வெளியாகியுள்ளது.

      தைவான் ரசிகர்களுக்கு ‘பாகுபலி 2’ படம் பிடித்திருப்பதாக அவர்கள் சமூக வலைத்தளங்களில் பகிர்ந்து வருகிறார்கள்.

      சீனா நாட்டில் வெளியிடப் போவதற்கு முன்னோட்டமாக தைவான் நாட்டு வெளியீடு அமையும்.

      தைவானில் படம் வெற்றி பெற்று வசூலைக் குவித்தால் செப்டம்பர் மாதம் சீனாவில் வெளியாகும் போது அங்கும் வெற்றி பெறும்.

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                Apple’s latest A10X Fusion chip is built using TSMC’s 10nm process   
      The in-house designed Apple A10X Fusion chip powering the new 12.9-inch iPad Pro and 10.5-inch iPad Pro models is being fabricated on a cutting-edge ten-nanometer process technology by Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). Having analyzed the processor, TechInsights was able to confirm that it’s the first TSMC-built ten-nanometer chip to show up in a consumer […]
                蔡英文竹科演講 上百企業主到場:Realtime   
      Blogtrottr img { border:none; -ms-interpolation-mode: bicubic; max-width:600px; height:auto; } @media only screen and (min-device-width: 319px) and (max-device-width : 321px) { img { max-width: 278px; height: auto; } } 即時/要聞/要聞   蔡英文竹科演講 上百企業主到場 Jun 23rd 2015, 13:59 蔡英文竹科演講 上百企業主到場 2015-06-23 21:59:09 中央社 台北23日電 民進黨總統參選人蔡英文今天到竹科園區公會聯席會議演講,上百名企業主到場。 蔡英文今天應邀出席台灣科學工業園區同業公會理監事聯席會議,會中並以「對於工業4.0全新概念」為題發表專題演講。 蔡英文演講時表示,未來希望能集合政府和民間的力量,打造一個「以創新、就業與分配並重」為核心,提升台灣全球競爭力、強化經濟動能,並且增進人民幸福的新經濟模式。 她說,在產業轉型上,未來將推動「智慧台灣」(Smart Taiwan)的發展方向,以台灣在硬體製造及軟體研發實力,尤其是ICT產業的雄厚基礎,帶動台灣高科技等主要產業的成功升級、轉型。
                China ‘outraged’ by $1.42 bln planned US arms sales to Taiwan   
      China urged the United States to revoke immediately its “wrong decision” to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a “consensus” President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.
                Trump Administration Approves $1.42 Billion in Arms Sales to Taiwan   
      The sale would be the first such proposed transfer since President Donald Trump took office and coincides with China’s rejection of a U.S. Senate bill that would allow U.S. Navy vessels to make regular port calls to the island.

                   
      Long-admired Singapore Model Loses Luster for Chinese Government Amid Rifts and China’s Rise
      By Bai Tiantian
      Global Times
      2017/6/29 18:38:40

      A more confident China sends fewer officials to Singapore for governance training

      ○ Some have speculated Sino-Singaporean relations are worsening as Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was absent from the Belt and Road forum in Beijing last month

      ○ The long-held trust between Beijing and Singapore has been compromised in recent years over South China Sea divergences

      ○ China used to take inspiration from the "Singapore model," but that influence is waning. Fewer officials are being sent to Singapore to attend governance training classes

      People gather at Singapore's landmark tourist attraction Gardens by the Bay. Photo: CFP

      For years, China and Singapore shared a special bond.

      Beijing has long been obsessed with what it calls the Singapore model, praising the city state's success in maintaining single-party rule, a relatively uncorrupt government and a robust and inclusive economy.

      The bond was initially nurtured by China's Deng Xiaoping and Singapore's Lee Kuan Yew in the 1970s but even after Lee's death in March 2015, the infatuation continued.

      In late 2015, Singapore hosted the first meeting between the leaders of the Chinese mainland and Taiwan in decades. The historic event demonstrated Singapore's unique influence across the Taiwan Straits that no other country can claim.

      However, lately that special bond appears to be fading away.

      Since 2016, Singapore has found itself caught up in the South China Sea disputes between China and its fellow ASEAN nations, even though the Lion City itself is not a claimant.

      Frictions grew in late 2016 after Hong Kong seized nine Singaporean armored vehicles in transit on their way home from Taiwan. Although the diplomatic row was smoothened after Hong Kong agreed to return the armored vehicles in January this year, the event triggered discussions in the media over what has gone wrong in ties.

      Whispers of worsening relations grew louder with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's notable absence from the Belt and Road forum in Beijing last month, China's biggest diplomatic event of the year. A majority of ASEAN leaders, including Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Singapore's two neighbors, attended the forum.

      "There used to be a greater depth of mutual understanding between China and Singapore but now that kind of understanding is gradually being lost," Zhuang Guotu, head of the Center of Southeast Asian Studies at Xiamen University, told the Global Times.

      "Don't get it wrong. China's relation with Singapore is still better than many other bilateral ties. The ethnic and cultural bonds as well as economic ties between the two countries remain strong. But as China's influence grows, Beijing expects to be treated accordingly, and Singapore is struggling to adapt to that change," Zhuang said.

      Misjudged moves

      Ruan Zongze, vice president of the China Institute of International Studies, said both countries have viewed their bilateral ties idealistically.

      "Sino-Singaporean relations have always been special. Singapore played a unique role in China's reform and opening-up. Chinese people have always had a great affinity for Singapore given that the country is the only overseas Chinese-majority society. At the same time Singapore knew it had a special influence on China and intended to use it to boost its status as a mediator," Ruan told the Global Times.

      But Sino-Singaporean relations began to plunge in 2016, after the arbitration court at The Hague ruled in favor of the Philippines in a South China Sea dispute case.

      Because of its special relationship with Singapore and their common cultural heritage, China naturally held great hopes for Singapore to convey its views within ASEAN but was irked to find out that Singapore openly voiced its support of the arbitration ruling and later tried to mobilize pressure against China by attempting to include the ruling in the final document of the Non-Aligned Movement summit in Venezuela in September.

      Both these diplomatic moves were perceived by Beijing as demonstrating the country's alignment with the US despite Singapore's traditional stance of not taking sides between great powers. The long-held trust between Beijing and Singapore has thus been compromised.

      Analysts suggest Lee Hsien Loong has misjudged how much importance China attaches to the South China Sea and believe that these incidents could prompt Beijing to adjust its ties with Singapore, seeking partners with other ASEAN states.

      "China should normalize its ties with Singapore by eliminating all idealistic expectations. Both countries should return to geopolitical realities, which is that the two countries share common interests but also face considerable divergences," Ruan said.

      Lost inspiration

      As ties plunge, questions have also been raised over whether China still needs to look at Singapore as a role model.

      China's fascination with Singapore's political system started in 1978 during top leader Deng Xiaoping's first official visit to the city state. Harvard scholar Ezra Vogel wrote in his book Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China that during the trip, Deng and Lee Kuan Yew forged a special relationship and although Deng had not yet decided what policies to pursue in China at the time, "Singapore helped strengthen his conviction of the need for fundamental reforms."

      On his southern tour in 1992, Deng famously said China should learn from the city state's experience and eventually overtake it. The statement triggered great interest in Singapore's governance model among Chinese academics and officials.

      Throughout the years, China has been fascinated by Singapore's success in achieving advanced economic industrialization without undergoing substantial political liberalization. Chinese observers have also viewed Singapore as an example that Asian culture, especially Confucianism, can provide an alternative to Western democracy.

      Since the 1990s, some 50,000 Chinese officials have studied in Singapore, Singaporean President Tan Keng Yam said during a visit to China in 2015. Singapore's Nanyang Technological University has created a program especially tailored to Chinese officials, which is commonly known as the "mayors' class."

      However, analysts have told the Global Times that the number of Chinese officials studying in Singapore has been declining in recent years.

      Zhu Lijia, a professor of public management at the Chinese Academy of Governance, said one reason is that China has greatly improved its own training capabilities and shifted much of the task of training its officials to domestic Party schools and socialist institutes.

      "It not just Singapore, the number of officials studying in the US and the UK has also been declining. We have many scholars returning from overseas institutions who are perfectly capable of introducing foreign experience to officials at home," Zhu told the Global Times.

      But the core reason, he said, is China's growing confidence in charting its own course of development.

      "China has progressed and matured in summarizing its own experience. Singapore's experience inspired China decades ago but it is no longer suitable for a country so vast, populated and infinitely more complicated in social and economic issues," Zhu said.

      His opinion was echoed by Zhuang, who said China has developed its own governance model and the role of the Singapore model has been greatly weakened.

      Positive signs

      Despite frictions putting a dark cloud over ties, lately there have been positive signs in the relationship.

      On Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang accepted an invitation from Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong to make an official visit to the country, the Straits Times reported.

      In an interview earlier this month, Singaporean Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said Singapore is a "strong supporter" of China's Belt and Road initiative, defusing speculation that the country may be less than supportive of China's plan.

      Both developments came as the South China Sea disputes subsided this year with China and the ASEAN member states signing a code of conduct framework document in May.

      Analysts said the premier's visit to Singapore could herald an improvement in ties as both sides acknowledge the importance of putting aside differences and getting back to good ties.

      They noted that Singapore may well find itself caught in escalating rivalries between China and the US and it will have to tread between the two powers with greater diplomatic dexterity.

      Zhuang said Singapore often keeps its distance from China to avoid being seen as too pro-Chinese in front of the other ASEAN members.

      "Singapore should understand the importance of not making trouble for China in what Beijing sees as core issues. China does not want Singapore's unconditional support. The latter is hegemony and not in line with China's long-term interests," Zhuang said.

       "As for China, a growing power should prepare itself for diverging opinions. The country should understand that it is not necessarily a good thing for all its neighbors to sing China's praises," Zhuang noted.

                Ngeri: Tetak teman wanitanya sebanyak 34 kali   
      CLICK PHOTO
      Taipei: Seorang lelaki ditangkap semalam selepas menetak hingga mati teman wanitanya.

      Media tempatan melaporkan, pelajar lulusan Universiti Taiwan, Zhang Yanwen menetak teman wanitanya sebanyak 34 kali selepas kecewa kekasihnya itu mahu memutuskan hubungan mereka. 

      Kejadian berlaku selepas Zhang ke rumah wanita itu untuk memujuknya supaya membatalkan rancangan itu. 

      Zhang turut mengugut mendedahkan gambar b0gel mangsa tetapi wanita itu tetap dengan keputusannya.

      Zhang kemudian mengambil pisau dan menetak mangsa. Dia turut mengelar leher teman wanitanya, menyebabkan mangsa mati di tempat kejadian.

      Zhang memberitahu polis dia tidak dapat menerima keputusan wanita itu. - AFP

                Washington approves US$1.3 billion arms sale to Taiwan   
      Donald Trump's administration has approved $1.3 billion worth of arms sales to Taiwan, a US government official said Thursday, in a move likely to provoke the ire of Beijing which considers the island a rebel province.
                Furious China "Outraged" By U.S. Sale Of $1.4BN In Weapons To Taiwan   

      Furious China "Outraged" By U.S. Sale Of $1.4BN In Weapons To Taiwan

      Tyler Durdens picture
      Jun 30, 2017 9:43 AM

      One day after the US announced it would sell $1.42 billion in weapons to China's offshore nemesis Taiwan, Beijing lashed out at the United States, saying it was "outraged" and demanded the US revoke immediately its "wrong decision", saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

      The proposed U.S. package for Taiwan includes technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components.

      The sales would send a very wrong message to "Taiwan independence" forces, China's embassy in Washington said in a statement. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday the administration had told Congress of seven proposed sales to Taiwan, the first under the Trump administration. "The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged," the embassy said.

      Besides token bluster, however, this time China also warned that Trump's action was counter to the agreement reached with Xi in Palm Beach, suggesting retaliation will likely be imminent. "The wrong move of the U.S. side runs counter to the consensus reached by the two presidents in and the positive development momentum of the China-U.S. relationship," the embassy said.

      read more:
      http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-30/furious-china-outraged-us-sale-14bn-weapons-taiwan


                Tzu-Wei Lin: The New Baseman Boston Needs to Reinforce Third Base   


      No one thinks that Tzu-Wei Lin is just a light-hitting shortstop with his mind on defense and who can only slide over to second base. Or rather, that is no longer the full extent of the expectations surrounding Lin these days, and his offensive resurgence could have an impact on baseball betting lines for all Red Sox Games in the future.

      The so-called fly ball revolution is all the rage these days and maybe it shouldn’t be a surprise anytime someone jumps on the train. 23-year-old Lin’s characteristics as a player lend themselves to this new development, especially when one takes into account the athlete’s performance this year.

      Lin pulled the ball an impressive 45 percent of the time in Portland, delivering an impressive five homers (over the first 184 at-bats). Along with hitting 44.3 percent fly balls of this at-bat, Lin’s performance has mostly been unprecedented for him.

      Of course, it would be ridiculous to speak of Lin in the same vein as Brooks Robinson. But it would also be foolish to ignore his sturdy glove and suddenly viable bat. The athlete seems to hit the ball a little harder these days, and some pundits have taken note of a bit of a pop in the way he hits.

      The Red Sox are noting all these factors because their third base needs considerable reinforcement, and it seems like Lin has now become a viable option in this arena.

      In the aftermath of Boston’s 4-1 victory on Monday, Lin revealed that he was making every effort to hit balls harder. That simple change in attitude could be doing the trick because, back when Lin was merely interested in putting the ball in play, his fly ball rate was not growing the way it is now.

      Monday put Lin on the map, allowing him to record a hit in the Majors. Only seven other Taiwanese players can boast of that particular achievement. Whatever Boston’s problems might be, they cannot ignore the solid defense Lin has delivered for them over the last couple of days.

      Lin couldn’t have picked a better time to step up. Pablo Sandoval’s presence on the disabled list is definitely a little worrisome, this along with Brock Holt and Josh Rutledge, Lin will have plenty of opportunities to show the Red Sox what he’s made of, especially if players like Deven Marrero do their part.

      The Red Sox are trailing most of their rival when it comes to third base, and even Red Sox Manager John Farrell admitted on Monday that something needed to be done. If Farrell puts all his hopes on Lin’s shoulders, and Lin delivers, it could do wonders for his career. Farrell definitely seems optimistic. He commended the confidence he saw in Lin’s at-bats and the fact that there was no hesitation in the athlete whenever he made is move.

      And even though Lin admits that has been striving to play more aggressively, there’s no sign of over-aggressiveness when Lin is in action. That level of deliberate control should allow Lin to balance out the likes of Marrero.

      Lin still needs to adjust to third base and infield coordinator Brian Butterfield has been helping him do just that.
                US to sell Taiwan $1.4bn in arms, China says deal runs counter to Trump-Xi meeting   
      The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

      "And all these actions – sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan – will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit," said Ambassador Cui Tiankai, speaking to reporters at an embassy reception in Washington.

      "The administration had formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan. It's now valued about $1.42 billion," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday, adding that there was no change to America’s long-standing "one-China" policy.

      https://www.rt.com/usa/394722-taiwan-weapons-trump-china/



                No freedom of speech in Vietnam   
      Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh is a Vietnamese blogger who writes about human rights and the environment. And that, she's just been sentenced to a decade in prison:
      A prominent Vietnamese blogger has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of distorting government policies and defaming the communist regime in Facebook posts and in interviews with foreign media, her lawyer said. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, also known as “Mother Mushroom”, was sentenced at the end of a one-day trial in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa, her lawyer, Vo An Don, said.

      The conviction related to the content of 18 articles on her Facebook page and interviews with foreign news outlets such as Voice of America and Radio Free Asia, Don said.

      Quynh, 37, co-founded a network of bloggers and is very popular in Vietnam. She has written about human rights, civilian deaths in police custody, and the release of toxic chemicals by a Taiwanese-owned factory that killed thousands of fish in one of Vietnam’s worst environmental disasters.


      If Vietnam's shitty regime believes it is being misrepresented, then it should simply publish what it believes to be the truth. The only reason they have to suppress freedom of speech in this way is if Quynh is right. And in that case, they deserve to be overthrown.
                A blogger in Vietnam will spend 10 years in jail for comments about a Taiwan-owned factory's chemical spill   
      (ChinaPost.com.tw) - She was found to have 'propagated' against the state after the spill at the Formosa Plastics Group plant.
                China hits back against US arms sale to Taiwan   
      Beijing protests to Washington over weapons deal and sanctions against Chinese bank
                Novel variants in NUDT15 and thiopurine intolerance in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia from diverse ancestry.   
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      Novel variants in NUDT15 and thiopurine intolerance in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia from diverse ancestry.

      Blood. 2017 Jun 28;:

      Authors: Moriyama T, Yang YL, Nishii R, Ariffin H, Liu C, Lin TN, Yang W, Lin DT, Yu CH, Kham S, Pui CH, Evans WE, Jeha S, Relling MV, Yeoh AE, Yang JJ

      Abstract
      Prolonged exposure to thiopurines (e.g., mercaptopurine [MP]) is essential for curative therapy in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) but is also associated with frequent dose-limiting hematopoietic toxicities, partly explained by inherited genetic polymorphisms in drug metabolizing enzymes (e.g., TPMT). Recently, our group and others identified germline genetic variants in NUDT15 as another major cause of thiopurine-related myelosuppression, particularly in Asians and Hispanics. Herein we described three novel NUDT15 coding variants (p.R34T, p.K35E, p.G17_V18del) in five children with ALL enrolled in frontline protocols in Singapore, Taiwan, and St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Patients carrying these variants experienced significant toxicity and reduced tolerance to MP across treatment protocols. Functionally, all three variants led to partial to complete loss of NUDT15 nucleotide diphosphatase activity and negatively influenced protein stability. In particular, the p.G17_V18del variant protein showed extremely low thermostability and was completely void of catalytic activity, thus likely to confer a high risk for thiopurine intolerance. This in-frame deletion was only seen in African and European patients, and is the first NUDT15 risk variant identified in non-Asian, non-Hispanic populations. In conclusion, we discovered three novel loss-of-function variants in NUDT15 associated with MP toxicity, enabling more comprehensive pharmacogenetics-based thiopurine dose adjustments across diverse populations.

      PMID: 28659275 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]


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                台灣大道商標註冊證   

      前陣子整理舊資料的時候,翻出了2003年用「台灣大道」之名,向經濟部智慧財產局申請的商標註冊證,權利期間自2003年起至2013年止。

      想當年推廣將台中港路更名為台灣大道的努力,經過漫長的十年才看見曙光,至少在我的人生歷程當中,算是為台中市作了一件功德。

      多年以前,我就已經將台灣大道名稱使用權捐贈給了台中市政府,陳水扁當總統的時候,有意將國道三號命名為台灣大道,可惜這個命名早已被我捷足先登,所以國道三號只好命名為福爾摩沙大道,我想應該很少會有人知道這一段秘辛。

       

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                China Sanguine as Trump-Xi 'Bromance' Sours Over North Korea, Taiwan - U.S. News & World Report   

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      China Sanguine as Trump-Xi 'Bromance' Sours Over North Korea, Taiwan
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                China is North Korea's protector and enabler   

      China condemns US sanctions over 'North Korea funding'

      North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News AgencyImage copyrightREUTERS
      Image captionThe US says China can do the most to impose economic pain on Kim Jong-un's regime
      China has reacted angrily to a US decision to impose sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean money. 
      A foreign ministry spokesman urged the US to "stop wrongful actions" to avoid harming co-operation. 
      The US announced the move, as well as sanctions on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese nationals, on Thursday.
      It said the blacklisting was aimed at cutting funds to North Korea's weapons programmes. 
      "We will follow the money and cut off the money," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a news conference.
      But he said the move was not a response to Chinese inaction on North Korea, saying: "This is not directed at China, this is directed at a bank, as well as individuals and entities in China."
      The UN has already imposed several rounds of sanctions on Pyongyang, but China is widely seen as the nation most able to impose economic pain on North Korea. 
      Washington has been pushing Beijing for tougher measures amid a series of missile tests by Pyongyang. But in a tweet earlier this month, President Donald Trump said China's actions had "not worked out". 
      Tweet by Donald Trump on 20 June saying: While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!Image copyrightTWITTER/DONALD TRUMP
      The sanctions mean that the Bank of Dandong will be barred from doing business in the US. 
      The US Treasury said it had been "a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity" and facilitated "millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programmes".
      Two Chinese nationals accused of creating front companies for North Korean entities and a shipping company, Dalian Global Unity Shipping, accused of smuggling luxury goods to North Korea, have also been blacklisted. 
      Mr Mnuchin said that the US could impose more sanctions in the future. 
      The sanctions were announced as new South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with President Trump in Washington.
      At a joint news briefing with Mr Moon, President Trump said that "many options" were being discussed on the North Korea issue, without giving any further details.
      Trump and Xi at dinnerImage copyrightAFP
      Image captionMr Trump and Mr Xi were all smiles at Mar-a Lago in April
      In a separate development, the US announced the sale of $1.42bn (£1.09bn) worth of arms to Taiwan, the first such transaction under the Trump administration. 
      US arms sales to Taiwan always anger Beijing because it considers the self-governing island part of its territory. In a statement, the Chinese embassy in Washington called on the US to revoke its decision, saying China had "every right to be outraged". 
      The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday that the US actions went "against the important spirit" of the apparently friendly meeting between Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the US president's Florida resort in April. 
      Earlier in the week, the US also placed China on its list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour - the first major move by the new administration over Beijing's human rights record. 

                US-Waffenlieferungen an Taiwan verärgern China   
      Die US-Regierung plant Taiwan Waffen im Wert von 1,14 Millionen Euro zu liefern, darunter Radar-Anlagen, Anti-Radar-Raketen, Torpedos und Raketenbauteile. [...]
                Transformers MPM-4 Optimus Prime on Display in Taiwan   
      Thanks to Facebook group Planet Iacon we have a new picture of Transformers Movie Masterpiece MPM-4 Optimus Prime on display. Here we can see the figure and its stylish packaging. If you look closely near the box you are able to see the two swords that Optimus Prime comes with. If you'd like to see another awesome figure from The Last Knight have a look at ... View the full news story on Seibertron.com by clicking here.
                MSI introduceert GM70- en GM60-muizen voor gamers   
      MSI heeft twee nieuwe muizen in de Clutch-serie aangekondigd: de GM70 en GM60. De muizen van de Taiwanese fabrikant beschikken over rgb-verlichting, Omron Gaming-switches en verwisselbare thumb rests.
                DailyTimes | China firmly opposes U.S. weapons sale to Taiwan   
      BEIJING: China on Friday condemned a $1.3 billion US arms sale to Taiwan and called on the United States to stop any weapons deal .
                For sale - Malawi Cichlids 2-3" Peacocks and Haps -Tropical... - £ 6   
      Stockport, United Kingdom
      £6 each or x5 for £25 available: ob Peacocks/ Orange Blotches (2-2.5") Dragon Bloods/ Pink Peacocks (2-2.5") Mixed Peacocks (too young to I.D, message for more info) (2-2.5") Taiwan Reef/ Steveni...
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                La Chine s'oppose résolument à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan   
      La Chine est résolument opposée au projet des Etats-Unis de vendre des armes à Taiwan, a déclaré vendredi Ma Xiaoguang, porte-parole du Bureau des affaires de Taiwan du Conseil des Affaires d'Etat. La Chine s'oppose résolument aux échanges...
                La Chine s'oppose fermement à la vente d'armes par les Etats-Unis à Taiwan   
      La Chine s'oppose fermement à la vente d'armes par les États-Unis à Taiwan et exige des États-Unis qu'ils cessent toute transaction en ce sens avec Taiwan, a déclaré vendredi le porte-parole du ministère chinois des Affaires étrangères, Lu Kang. ...
                Event Wrap: 28th TWNIC OPM and TWNOG 2017   
      APNIC participated at the 28th TWNIC OPM held in conjunction with the TWNOG 2017 meeting in Taipei, Taiwan from 21 to 22 June 2017.
                China: US must call off arms deal with Taiwan   
      BEIJING — Beijing has strongly protested a US plan to sell $1.4 billion worth of arms to Taiwan and demanded that the deal be canceled. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang on Friday said Washington should immediately stop the sale to avoid harming relations with Beijing. He said the deal would severely damage China’s sovereignty...
                BAILII: Recent Decisions   
      Supreme Court Globalia Business Travel SAU of Spain v Fulton Shipping Inc of Panama [2017] UKSC 43 (28 June 2017) Lord Advocate (representing the Taiwanese Judicial Authorities) v Dean (Scotland) [2017] UKSC 44 (28 June 2017) High Court (Technology and Construction Court) Russell & Anor v Stone (t/a PSP Consultants) & Ors [2017] EWHC 1555 (TCC) (29 June 2017) Alstom Transport UK Ltd v London Underground Ltd [2017] EWHC 1521 (TCC) (27 June 2017) Source: www.bailii.org
                Taiwan's tourism income deficit with Japan hit NT$100 billion in 2015   

      Taiwan suffered about a tourism income deficit of NT$100 billion with Japan in 2015, statistics compiled by the Commerce Development Research Institute showed on Thursday. The CDRI data showed that Taiwan's tourism income deficit for 2015 more than doubled from about NT$40 billion in 2014.


                The U.S. Will Sell $1.42 Billion Worth of Arms to Taiwan, Courting China's Wrath   

      The United States plans to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been seeking to rein in North Korea. U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters the administration had told Congress of the seven proposed sales on Thursday.


                Taiwan leader shows she is out of touch with reality   

      Taiwan's main opposition Democratic Progressive Party, DPP, Chairperson Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, April 15, 2015. [Photo/IC] Slightly more than 13 months in office, the approval rating of Taiwan leader Tsai Ing-wen continues to nosedive, and she faces growing questions about her competency.


                US Senate committee backs allowing navy ships to make port calls in Taiwan   

      A U.S. Senate committee has approved a bill that would allow U.S. navy ships to make stops at ports in Taiwan, in what would be a major change in U.S. policy. The Senate Armed Services Committee voted 21-6 across party lines in favor of "regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan and permits U.S. Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan."


                Taiwan DCB, PITDC, TMU and Insilico Medicine join forces to apply AI for biomedical research   

      Thursday June 29, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan: The Development Center for Biotechnology , the Medical and Pharmaceutical Industrial Technology Development Center , and Taipei Medical University , three of Taiwan's premier biomedical institutions, have teamed up with Baltimore-based Insilico Medicine to develop groundbreaking research in applied A.I. for biomedical science. The four parties signed a Letter of Intent for Cooperation at the BioTaiwan 2017 BioBusiness Asia Conference.


                The woman was apprehended at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport. Photo: CNA Pictures   

      A Hong Kong woman could face the death penalty after being arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of trying to smuggle more than 8kg of cocaine into Taipei, according to Taiwan's official news agency. The haul had an estimated street value of almost NT$100 million and was the largest drug seizure of its kind in Taiwan in recent years, the Central News Agency reported on Thursday.


                Lite-On Technology starts construction of operational center in southern Taiwan   

      EMS provider Lite-On Technology on June 28 held a groundbreaking ceremony for an operational center in Nantze Export Processing Zone in Kaohsiung City, southern Taiwan, with plans to complete a factory building in the first phase in first-half 2019, according to the company. The first-phase building will be a green factory of 10 stories and two basement levels with total floor space of 75,000 square meters at estimated construction cost of NT$2.035 billion .


                Taiwan Activist Urges Crackdown Against Floating Sweatshops   

      Three videos from a mobile phone that described the beatings of an Indonesian crewman aboard a Taiwan-flagged vessel led Allison Lee to find her role as an advocate for those afflicted: migrant fishermen. Lee, the co-founder of the Yilan Migrant Fishermen Union, was recognized by the United States for safeguarding the rights of foreign fishermen working in Taiwan.


                3D printed two-seat electric vehicle impresses at Taiwanese trade show   

      Taiwan has just made some serious leeway in the 3D printed automotive race, this time in the form of a two-seater electric vehicle . Late last week, the tech world caught wind of this exciting development from Taiwan Automotive Research Consortium , which is quickly proving to be a game-changer in the colliding fields of 3D printing and electric cars.


                7/1/2017: TIMES GLOBAL: US trumpets big arms sale to Taiwan, riles China   
      Beijing: The somewhat fraught relations between China and the US got further strained on Friday with the Trump administration censuring a Chinese bank and a shipping company for allegedly assisting North Korea, besides approving a major arms sale to...
                7/1/2017: TIMES GLOBAL: TROUBLED TIES   
      affront to the one-China policy which includes Taiwan. Chinese foreign ministry reacted angrily to both decisions, asking Washington to “stop wrongful actions”. “All these actions — sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms
                US-China honeymoon over: Washington sanctions Chinese bank and sells arms to Taiwan   

      Experts say relationship is cooling between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping as US loses patience over North Korea and South China Sea

      Relations between the world’s two largest economies look to be entering a new phase of turbulence after the US punctured Chinese celebrations of the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return by unveiling sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and a major arms sale to Taiwan .

      The US state department on Thursday gave the green light to a total of $1.4bn in arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governing island which China considers its own territory.

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                SUA vor vinde armament de 1,42 miliarde dolari Taiwanului, în pofida opozitiei Chinei. Prima tranzactie de acest gen a Administratiei Trump - Mediafax.ro   
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                LEGAL SYSTEMS   
      In general, legal systems can be split between civil law and common law systems. The term "civil law" referring to a legal system should not be confused with "civil law" as a group of legal subjects distinct from criminal or public law. A third type of legal system— accepted by some countries without separation of church and state—is religious law, based on scriptures. The specific system that a country is ruled by is often determined by its history, connections with other countries, or its adherence to international standards. The sources that jurisdictions adopt as authoritatively binding are the defining features of any legal system. Yet classification is a matter of form rather than substance, since similar rules often prevail.

      Civil law
      Civil law is the legal system used in most countries around the world today. In civil law the sources recognised as authoritative are, primarily, legislation—especially codifications in constitutions or statutes passed by government—and custom. Codifications date back millennia, with one early example being the Babylonian Codex Hammurabi. Modern civil law systems essentially derive from the legal practice of the Roman Empire whose texts were rediscovered in medieval Europe. Roman law in the days of the Roman Republic and Empire was heavily procedural, and lacked a professional legal class. Instead a lay person, iudex, was chosen to adjudicate. Precedents were not reported, so any case law that developed was disguised and almost unrecognised. Each case was to be decided afresh from the laws of the state, which mirrors the (theoretical) unimportance of judges' decisions for future cases in civil law systems today. During the 6th century AD in the Eastern Roman Empire, the Emperor Justinian I codified and consolidated the laws that had existed in Rome, so that what remained was one-twentieth of the mass of legal texts from before. This became known as the Corpus Juris Civilis. As one legal historian wrote, "Justinian consciously looked back to the golden age of Roman law and aimed to restore it to the peak it had reached three centuries before." Western Europe, meanwhile, slowly slipped into the Dark Ages, and it was not until the 11th century that scholars in the University of Bologna rediscovered the texts and used them to interpret their own laws. Civil law codifications based closely on Roman law, alongside some influences from religious laws such as Canon law continued to spread throughout Europe until the Enlightenment; then, in the 19th century, both France, with the Code Civil, and Germany, with the Bürgerliches Gesetzbuch, modernised their legal codes. Both these codes influenced heavily not only the law systems of the countries in continental Europe (e.g. Greece), but also the Japanese and Korean legal traditions. Today, countries that have civil law systems range from Russia and China to most of Central and Latin America. The United States follows the common law system described below.

      Common law and equity
      Common law and equity are legal systems where decisions by courts are explicitly acknowledged to be legal sources. The "doctrine of precedent", or stare decisis (Latin for "to stand by decisions") means that decisions by higher courts bind lower courts. Common law systems also rely on statutes, passed by the legislature, but may make less of a systematic attempt to codify their laws than in a "civil law" system. Common law originated from England and has been inherited by almost every country once tied to the British Empire (except Malta, Scotland, the U.S. state of Louisiana, and the Canadian province of Quebec). In medieval England, the Norman conquest led to a unification of various tribal customs and hence a law "common" to the whole country. The common law developed when the English monarchy had been weakened by the enormous cost of fighting for control over large parts of France. King John had been forced by his barons to sign a document limiting his authority to pass laws. This "great charter" or Magna Carta of 1215 also required that the King's entourage of judges hold their courts and judgments at "a certain place" rather than dispensing autocratic justice in unpredictable places about the country. A concentrated and elite group of judges acquired a dominant role in law-making under this system, and compared to its European counterparts the English judiciary became highly centralised. In 1297, for instance, while the highest court in France had fifty-one judges, the English Court of Common Pleas had five. This powerful and tight-knit judiciary gave rise to a rigid and inflexible system of common law. As a result, as time went on, increasing numbers of citizens petitioned the King to override the common law, and on the King's behalf the Lord Chancellor gave judgment to do what was equitable in a case. From the time of Sir Thomas More, the first lawyer to be appointed as Lord Chancellor, a systematic body of equity grew up alongside the rigid common law, and developed its own Court of Chancery. At first, equity was often criticised as erratic, that it varied according to the length of the Chancellor's foot. But over time it developed solid principles, especially under Lord Eldon. In the 19th century the two systems were fused into one another. In developing the common law and equity, academic authors have always played an important part. William Blackstone, from around 1760, was the first scholar to describe and teach it. But merely in describing, scholars who sought explanations and underlying structures slowly changed the way the law actually worked.

      Religious law
      Religious law is explicitly based on religious precepts. Examples include the Jewish Halakha and Islamic Sharia—both of which translate as the "path to follow"—while Christian canon law also survives in some church communities. Often the implication of religion for law is unalterability, because the word of God cannot be amended or legislated against by judges or governments. However a thorough and detailed legal system generally requires human elaboration. For instance, the Quran has some law, and it acts as a source of further law through interpretation, Qiyas (reasoning by analogy), Ijma (consensus) and precedent. This is mainly contained in a body of law and jurisprudence known as Sharia and Fiqh respectively. Another example is the Torah or Old Testament, in the Pentateuch or Five Books of Moses. This contains the basic code of Jewish law, which some Israeli communities choose to use. The Halakha is a code of Jewish law which summarises some of the Talmud's interpretations. Nevertheless, Israeli law allows litigants to use religious laws only if they choose. Canon law is only in use by members of the clergy in the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Anglican Communion.


      A trial in the Ottoman Empire, 1879, when religious law applied under the Mecelle
      Until the 18th century, Sharia law was practiced throughout the Muslim world in a non-codified form, with the Ottoman Empire's Mecelle code in the 19th century being first attempt at codifying elements of Sharia law. Since the mid-1940s, efforts have been made, in country after country, to bring Sharia law more into line with modern conditions and conceptions. In modern times, the legal systems of many Muslim countries draw upon both civil and common law traditions as well as Islamic law and custom. The constitutions of certain Muslim states, such as Egypt and Afghanistan, recognise Islam as the religion of the state, obliging legislature to adhere to Sharia. Saudi Arabia recognises Quran as its constitution, and is governed on the basis of Islamic law. Iran has also witnessed a reiteration of Islamic law into its legal system after 1979. During the last few decades, one of the fundamental features of the movement of Islamic resurgence has been the call to restore the Sharia, which has generated a vast amount of literature and affected world politics.

      Legal theory
      The history of law is closely connected to the development of civilization. Ancient Egyptian law, dating as far back as 3000 BC, contained a civil code that was probably broken into twelve books. It was based on the concept of Ma'at, characterised by tradition, rhetorical speech, social equality and impartiality. By the 22nd century BC, the ancient Sumerian ruler Ur-Nammu had formulated the first law code, which consisted of casuistic statements ("if ... then ..."). Around 1760 BC, King Hammurabi further developed Babylonian law, by codifying and inscribing it in stone. Hammurabi placed several copies of his law code throughout the kingdom of Babylon as stelae, for the entire public to see; this became known as the Codex Hammurabi. The most intact copy of these stelae was discovered in the 19th century by British Assyriologists, and has since been fully transliterated and translated into various languages, including English, German, and French.
      The Old Testament dates back to 1280 BC, and takes the form of moral imperatives as recommendations for a good society. The small Greek city-state, Ancient Athens, and from about 8th century BC was the first society to be based on broad inclusion of its citizenry; excluding women and the slave class. However, Athens had no legal science, and no word for "law" as an abstract concept. Yet Ancient Greek law contained major constitutional innovations in the development of democracy.
      Roman law was heavily influenced by Greek philosophy, but its detailed rules were developed by professional jurists, and were highly sophisticated. Over the centuries between the rise and decline of the Roman Empire, law was adapted to cope with the changing social situations, and underwent major codification during Justinian I. Although it declined in significance during the Dark Ages, Roman law was rediscovered around the 11th century when mediæval legal scholars began to research Roman codes and adapt their concepts. In mediæval England, the King's judges developed a body of precedent, which later became the common law. A Europe-wide Lex Mercatoria was formed so that merchants could trade with common standards of practice; rather than with the many splintered facets of local laws. The Lex Mercatoria, a precursor to modern commercial law, emphasised the freedom of contract and alienability of property.[89] As nationalism grew in the 18th and 19th centuries, Lex Mercatoria was incorporated into countries' local law under new civil codes. The French Napoleonic Code and the German became the most influential. In contrast to English common law, which consists of enormous tomes of case law, codes in small books are easy to export and easy for judges to apply. However, today there are signs that civil and common law are converging. EU law is codified in treaties, but develops through the precedent laid down by the European Court of Justice.
      Ancient India and China represent distinct traditions of law, and have historically had independent schools of legal theory and practice. The Arthashastra, probably compiled around 100 AD (although it contains older material), and the Manusmriti (c. 100–300 AD) were foundational treatises in India, and comprise texts considered authoritative legal guidance. Manu's central philosophy was tolerance and Pluralism, and was cited across Southeast Asia. This Hindu tradition, along with Islamic law, was supplanted by the common law when India became part of the British Empire. Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Hong Kong also adopted the common law. The eastern Asia legal tradition reflects a unique blend of secular and religious influences. Japan was the first country to begin modernising its legal system along western lines, by importing bits of the French, but mostly the German Civil Code. This partly reflected Germany's status as a rising power in the late 19th century. Similarly, traditional Chinese law gave way to westernisation towards the final years of the Ch'ing dynasty in the form of six private law codes based mainly on the Japanese model of German law. Today Taiwanese law retains the closest affinity to the codifications from that period, because of the split between Chiang Kai-shek's nationalists, who fled there, and Mao Zedong's communists who won control of the mainland in 1949. The current legal infrastructure in the People's Republic of China was heavily influenced by Soviet Socialist law, which essentially inflates administrative law at the expense of private law rights. Due to rapid industrialisation, today China undergoing a process of reform, at least in terms of economic, if not social and political, rights. A new contract code in 1999 represented a move away from administrative domination. Furthermore, after negotiations lasting fifteen years, in 2001 China joined the World Trade Organisation.

      Philosophy of law
      The philosophy of law is commonly known as jurisprudence. Normative jurisprudence is essentially political philosophy, and asks "what should law be?", while analytic jurisprudence asks "what is law?". John Austin's utilitarian answer was that law is "commands, backed by threat of sanctions, from a sovereign, to whom people have a habit of obedience". Natural lawyers on the other side, such as Jean-Jacques Rousseau, argue that law reflects essentially moral and unchangeable laws of nature. The concept of "natural law" emerged in ancient Greek philosophy concurrently and in entanglement with the notion of justice, and re-entered the mainstream of Western culture through the writings of Thomas Aquinas.

      Hugo Grotius, the founder of a purely rationalistic system of natural law, argued that law arises from both a social impulse—as Aristotle had indicated—and reason. Immanuel Kant believed a moral imperative requires laws "be chosen as though they should hold as universal laws of nature". Jeremy Bentham and his student Austin, following David Hume, believed that this conflated the "is" and what "ought to be" problem. Bentham and Austin argued for law's positivism; that real law is entirely separate from "morality".Kant was also criticised by Friedrich Nietzsche, who rejected the principle of equality, and believed that law emanates from the will to power, and cannot be labelled as "moral" or "immoral".

      In 1934, the Austrian philosopher Hans Kelsen continued the positivist tradition in his book the Pure Theory of Law. Kelsen believed that although law is separate from morality, it is endowed with "normativity"; meaning we ought to obey it. While laws are positive "is" statements (e.g. the fine for reversing on a highway is €500); law tells us what we "should" do. Thus, each legal system can be hypothesised to have a basic norm (Grundnorm) instructing us to obey. Kelsen's major opponent, Carl Schmitt, rejected both positivism and the idea of the rule of law because he did not accept the primacy of abstract normative principles over concrete political positions and decisions. Therefore, Schmitt advocated a jurisprudence of the exception (state of emergency), which denied that legal norms could encompass of all political experience.

      Later in the 20th century, H. L. A. Hart attacked Austin for his simplifications and Kelsen for his fictions in The Concept of Law. Hart argued law is a system of rules, divided into primary (rules of conduct) and secondary ones (rules addressed to officials to administer primary rules). Secondary rules are further divided into rules of adjudication (to resolve legal disputes), rules of change (allowing laws to be varied) and the rule of recognition (allowing laws to be identified as valid). Two of Hart's students continued the debate: In his book Law's Empire, Ronald Dworkin attacked Hart and the positivists for their refusal to treat law as a moral issue. Dworkin argues that law is an "interpretive concept", that requires judges to find the best fitting and most just solution to a legal dispute, given their constitutional traditions. Joseph Raz, on the other hand, defended the positivist outlook and criticised Hart's "soft social thesis" approach in The Authority of Law. Raz argues that law is authority, identifiable purely through social sources and without reference to moral reasoning. In his view, any categorisation of rules beyond their role as authoritative instruments in mediation are best left to sociology, rather than jurisprudence.
                BODY FORMED ANTI VIRUS   
      BODY FOR VIRUS-immune
      Immunisation is usually synonymous with children under age five years (toddlers). But, that does not mean immunization does not apply to adults. In fact, immunization of adults is not as important as immunization in children.

      Like children, adults also need immunizations. This is to stimulate the body's resistance against certain infections, said Sukamto Koesnoe, Internal Medicine Specialist Doctors Allergy Immunology from Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM).

      Sukamto said, many adults are now susceptible exposed to viruses and bacteria that can cause disease. The trigger could be due to the crowded and busy lifestyle is not healthy.
      To prevent these diseases, even adults need to do immunizations. Hence, many developed countries to make immunization for adults as a routine program in health.

      United States, for example, this year launched a 60% influenza vaccination in adults. While South Korea to provide 10 million units of the influenza vaccine every year. In fact, 90% medical officers there have been disuntuk vaccine.

      In Australia, this activity has also been a government program. So also in several other countries, like New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Singapore.

      In Indonesia the importance of immunization for adults was not popular, because it's still new, said Sukamto. Understandably, in Indonesia, a new immunization for adults was introduced in 2000. Because they are new, medical suppliers for adult immunization is still lacking.
      In addition, not all hospitals can provide this service. Currently that can provide services only certain hospitals in big cities.

      In addition, the cost of adult immunizations are also considered expensive. Can reach millions of rupiah, depending on the type of vaccine. Understandably, adult immunization did not get government subsidies, such as immunization of children. just when many adults are lazy to do immunizations. Moreover, socialization is still minimal.

      Many people are also less aware that the administration of childhood immunizations are not guaranteed immunity remain until adulthood. Though declining vaccines work as you age, Sukamto said. Therefore, immunization should be repeated as an adult.
      In the medical world, immunization re-referred to as booster. Through the booster was reminded again of the body against germs such. Immunization is an effective primary prevention, said Sukamto.

      Although effective, it does not mean adults who have been immunized will not be sick. But endurance is stronger than his body secured who are not immunized.
      Keep in mind, everyone does have an immune system or the innate immune system. However, less healthy lifestyles can weaken the immune system. That's when the body easily affected by the disease.
      According Asrul Hasral, Internal Medicine Specialist Doctors Dharmais Cancer Hospital, immunizations for adults is extremely important. Therefore, different types of diseases suffered by young children.
      Adult immunizations can be given to those aged over 12 years. Kind, including influenza immunization, pneumococcal, measles, mumps, rubella or (MMR), difter, pertussis, tetanus (DPT), and immunization difter DT, tetanus (DT).

      These vaccines can be given repeatedly, between 3 to 10 years. But there are also vaccines that do not have to be repeated as an adult. For example, hepatitis A and B vaccine be conducted once in a lifetime.


      INFLUENZA UPDATE

      Many who thought, immunization should be done only once in a lifetime. This assumption is not always true. Indeed there are immunizations that need only once, such as measles immunization. But there is also a mandatory immunization updated aliases updated.

      For example, influenza immunization. Asrul Hasral, Internal Medicine Specialist Doctors Dharmais Cancer Hospital, Jakarta, say, influenza vaccine should be updated once a year following the change of influenza virus which is also growing. Bird flu and swine flu was the development of influenza virus.

      Immunisation pneumokok also need to be updated once every two years. Pneumokok bacteria that spread through the air can cause pneumonia. From various research reports, the success rate reaches 60% of vaccine pneumokok -70%, said Sukamto Koesnoe, Internal Medicine Specialist Doctors Allergy Immunology Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), Jakarta.

      So, there's no harm in you doing repeated immunization. But remember, pneumokok vaccine can not be given to just anyone. Pregnant women are advised not receive an injection of the vaccine because it can be dangerous.

      While for the immunization of hepatitis A usually is done once in a lifetime. However, some doctors suggest that this vaccine is also updated once again as an adult. Re-immunization is necessary, because Indonesia is the spread of endemic areas or areas that is easy for the virus of hepatitis A.

      Hepatitis A virus thrive in an environment that sanitation is not very good. Some areas in Indonesia have poor sanitation. Therefore, these immunizations need to be updated. You see, most likely the immunizations that we have done as a child was not able to stem the brunt of viral hepatitis A.

      Immunisation is also need to update the typhoid fever vaccine. Asrul give suggestions so that we renew the typhoid fever vaccine once every three years. Typhoid fever, or better known as typhoid fever is a bacterial infection of Salmonella typhi. Mostly transmitted through consumption of contaminated food or beverage carrier of germs.

      If the work associated with food, such as culinary or open a food stall, you are obliged to renew the typhoid fever vaccine. In addition, if possessed an unhealthy lifestyle or frequent snacks outside the home, you should also regularly update the vaccine. So also if you enjoy traveling to these areas as the place spread of typhoid fever.

      There is one more immunizations that must be updated ie Human papilloma virus (HPV). This vaccine can prevent the virus from growing in the anogenital areas like the cervix (neck of the uterus) that causes cervical cancer.

      Potentially affected by this deadly disease is active people having sex. In Indonesia, the new HPV vaccine beginning in 2000. There is no research in the country, this vaccine is effective long berap in the body. So far, the new study lasted seven years, said Sukamto.


      IMMUNISATION FIRST BEFORE GOING TO ABROAD
      If you often travel to foreign countries, there is nothing wrong with doing immunization fortify the body. These ways will help you avoid the various diseases that develop in other countries.
      According Sukamto Koesnoe, Internal Medicine Specialist Doctors Allergy Immunology Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital (RSCM), Jakarta, someone who travels abroad has the potential of developing the disease. You see, your stamina decreases as you might have to travel long distances or differences in the weather.

      Tail, the body's immune else chimed in fall. At this time, your body also susceptible to disease. We often treat patients suffering from typhoid, hepatitis A, malaria, and dengue fever after returning from travel, said Sukamto. In order not to bring by-by disease, he recommends that you equip yourself with the immunization.

      Then, what is required immunizations when abroad? Depending on the country you will visit. If you want to travel to the countries of the former Soviet Union or Thailand, Algeria, and Ecuador, you are encouraged to diphtheria immunization. Therefore, States had become the spread of the virus that attacks respiratory diphtheria.

      When traveling to the East Asian region, it helps you defend yourself with Japanese encephalitis vaccine. This vaccine prevents your brain inflammatory diseases that are transmitted by the Culex mosquito species.

      For prospective pilgrims, should protect themselves with a meningitis vaccine. Germs can cause meningitis, inflammation of the lining of the brain. Because, when the pilgrimage, you will meet many people. Including with people from endemic areas such as the African meningitis.
                People Are Talking About These Beautiful Taiwanese Sisters Who Look Half Their Ages [Photos]   

      Photos have emerged showing some Taiwanese sisters who look just about half of their real ages and leaving the world stunned. The three Hsu sisters, aged 41, 40 and 36 respectively (from left to right) have shocked media with their incredibly youthful looks They say live your life and forget your age. This family from […]

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                Taiwan Police Department's Newest Recruits Are Sleeping On The Job   
      Wake up! There's crime to fight.
                NYAFF ’17: The Road to Mandalay   
      It sounds exotic, but Hope & Crosby never traveled like Lianqing and Guo. The Burmese migrants will pay stiff fees and endure rough conditions, just so they can work like dogs in Bangkok. Things ought to be easier if they stick together, but it might not necessarily work out that way in Midi Z’s The Road to Mandalay (trailer here), which screens during this year’s New York Asian Film Festival.

      Upon arriving in Bangkok, Lianqing gets a surprisingly frosty reception from her cousin. It seems the embittered Hua has recently lost her job due to lack of proper documentation and expects Lianqing will fare even worse. The only people to show her any kindness are their other roommate Cai and Guo, who took her place in the trunk during the arduous trek over the border. Although awkward, he is clearly determined to romantically pursue her—and she cannot deny his work ethic.

      Unfortunately, they have different medium-term goals. She wants to attain Thai citizenship (or at least a passable facsimile) so she can ultimately work in Taiwan, whereas he would like to open a clothes-hawking stall in Bangkok. The more circumstance force them together, the more their conflicting goals cause tension in their relationship.

      Probably no filmmaker has been more proactive documenting the experiences of refugees, migrant workers, and the generally dispossessed than Z has, in both his documentaries and narrative films. His star ought to be sky-rocketing right now, but the Taiwan-based Burmese expat has focused on his countrymen and other ethnic minorities in China. The sad truth is the world does not care about Buddhist immigrants from Burma. The professionally compassionate can only be bothered with Muslim immigrants, preferably from Syria. The Burmese need not apply.

      Indeed, that is the reception that waits for Lianqing in Thailand. Of course, Bangkok being Bangkok, the threat of sexual exploitation always lurks in the background. Perhaps it is intended as a symbolic interlude, but when the film finally descends into the world of prostitution, it becomes bizarrely disturbing, in a way viewers will never expect.

      Without question, Road is the most muscular and focused narrative of Z’s career. As usual, his regular muse Wu Ke-xi is absolutely arresting as the innocent-but-tougher-than-she-looks Lianqing. In a drastic change of pace, Tiny Times co-star Kai Ko plays the confused and brooding Guo, wearing his heart and his resentments on his sleeve. He and Wu convincingly show us the couple’s good days and bad.

      Road will leave viewers angry but unsure at whom or what—possibly Z.  He certainly isn’t afraid of strong reactions, that’s for sure. He also shows an acute sensitivity towards the poor and marginalized, while Wu once again delivers a mature, eerily expressive performance. Recommended for patrons of topical art cinema and fans of Z or Wu, The Road to Mandalay screens this Monday (7/3) at the Walter Reade, as part of the 2017 NYAFF.
                Taiwan and China trade criticism over U.S. arms sales   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwan and China engaged in a war of words Friday following an announcement by the Trump administration on a U.S. arms sales package to Taiwan, with the self-governing island saying the onus is on China to find ways to ease tensions between the two sides.
                Motorcycle riders to press for right to travel on major freeways   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Around 3,000 riders of heavy motorcycles are expected to gather outside the Presidential Office on Sunday to push for the right to ride their big bikes on Taiwan's national freeways.
                Winning numbers for Friday's Taiwan lotteries   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The winning numbers for Taiwan's Grand Lottery (大樂透) on Friday were 22, 08, 32, 12, 30, 36, plus the special number 06, the Taiwan Lottery announced that day.
                U.S. arms sale to Taiwan a sign of stable relations: think tank   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The U.S. announcement of arms sales worth US$1.42 billion to Taiwan should ease doubts about the stability of relations between Taiwan and the United States, Lai I-chung (賴怡忠), an executive board member of Taiwan Thinktank, said Friday.
                U.S. dollar closes higher on Taipei forex (update)   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The U.S. dollar rose against the Taiwan dollar Friday, gaining NT$0.066 to close at the day's high of NT$30.436 as traders here were encouraged by the weakness of other regional currencies to buy into the U.S. unit, dealers said.
                Cat-shaped mailbox promotes tourism in southern Taiwan's Kaohsiung   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) A mailbox in the shape of an orange cat has become a popular new attraction in Kaohsiung City's Jiasian District after being introduced last year as the southern city's first motif mailbox.
                Taiwan shares end down after fall in U.S. high-tech stocks   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Shares in Taiwan closed down a quarter of a percent on Friday, led by the bellwether electronics sector, as investors reacted to heavy losses on the Nasdaq overnight, dealers said.
                U.S. dollar closes higher on Taipei forex   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The U.S. dollar rose against the Taiwan dollar Friday, gaining NT$0.066 to close at the day's high of NT$30.436.
                Hon Hai's cellphone arm reportedly eyeing top 5 ranking in India   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) InFocus, a mobile phone arm of Taiwan-based manufacturing giant Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (鴻海), has set a goal of ranking among the top five brands in India in three years, according to the Economic Times, an Indian daily newspaper.
                Manufacturing sector flashes 3rd 'yellow-blue' light   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The local manufacturing sector flashed a "yellow-blue" light for the third consecutive month in May, signaling a sluggish performance that reflected a fall in raw material prices in the month, the Taiwan Institute of Economic Research (TIER) said on Friday.
                Portable power banks most frequently confiscated items at airport   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) About 70 percent of banned items confiscated by customs officers from checked baggage at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport in the first three months of the year were portable power banks, the airport operator said on Friday.
                President vows to adjust national defense budget   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged on Friday to adjust the government's defense budget and stressed Taiwan has the determination and ability to defend itself.
                Taiwan expresses thanks after Trump government approves arms sales   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) on Friday tweeted a statement from the Presidential Office expressing gratitude to the U.S. government after the latter approved arms sales to Taiwan.
                Taiwan shares close down 0.26%   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) Taiwan shares closed down 26.58 points, or 0.26 percent, at 10,395.07 Friday on turnover of NT$92.60 billion (US$3.05 billion).
                Warm weather for Friday with increased chance of thunderstorms   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The weather across Taiwan on Friday will be sunny and sticky, with increased chance of afternoon thunderstorms in some parts of the country, according to the Central Weather Bureau (CWB).
                U.S. arms sales improves Taiwan's self-defense capability: MND   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) An arms sale to Taiwan worth US$1.42 billion cleared by the U.S. government will improve Taiwan's self-defense capabilities, the Ministry of National Defense (MND) said on Friday.
                Taiwan Headline News   
      Taipei, June 30 (CNA) The lead stories in major Taiwan dailies on Friday are as follows:
                Taiwan denies blocking Chinese people from visiting   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan's top China policymaking office on Thursday rebutted a statement by its Chinese counterpart that the Taiwanese government planned to restrict people from the mainland from traveling to Taiwan, calling it a distortion of the truth.
                Dozens of new measures to take effect in Taiwan from July   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) A total of 40 new government policies and measures will take effect in Taiwan from July, including a measure that allows foreign visitors to get a tax refund in the downtown area with their UnionPay credit cards.
                U.S.-bound passengers to undergo tighter security screening   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) United States-bound passengers with electronics in their personal carry-on luggage will soon be subjected to tighter security screening at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport beginning July 17, the Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) announced Thursday.
                Taiwan to raise teachers' retirement age, cut benefits   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan's parliament, the Legislative Yuan, on Thursday passed a series of bills that will limit the retirement benefits of public school teachers, including by raising the retirement age at which the teachers can begin receiving pensions to 58, from an average age of around 53 at present.
                Winning numbers for Thursday's Taiwan lotteries   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The winning numbers for Taiwan's "Power Lottery" (威力彩) on Thursday were 36, 07, 04, 19, 25, 20 in the first section of the ticket and 08 in the second section, Taiwan Lottery said.
                Taiwan's tourism income deficit with Japan hit NT$100 billion in 2015   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan suffered about a tourism income deficit of NT$100 billion (US$3.29 billion) with Japan in 2015, statistics compiled by the Commerce Development Research Institute (CDRI) showed on Thursday.
                Taiwan advances to LLB Junior League World Series   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Taiwan has won the LLB Junior League Baseball Asia-Pacific Region Tournament and will progress to the world series scheduled for Aug. 13-20 in Taylor, Michigan, the LLB Asia-Pacific Region Office announced on Thursday.
                Almost 90% of elementary school students save money: survey   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) Almost 90 percent of elementary school students in Taiwan save money, while 25 percent receive pocket money from their parents, a survey showed on Thursday.
                U.S. dollar closes lower on Taipei forex (update)   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The U.S. dollar fell against the Taiwan dollar on Thursday, shedding NT$0.068 to close at NT$30.370 as local exporters rushed to raise their holdings in the local currency to meet fund demands, dealers said.
                Taiwan thanks U.S. Senate committee for support   
      Taipei, June 29 (CNA) The Presidential Office on Thursday expressed the government's appreciation to the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee for attaching importance to Taiwan's defensive security and Taiwan-U.S. security relations, after the committee approved a provision that will allow U.S. naval vessels to make regular stops at Taiwanese ports.
                NEW INFO: A strange "Poker Venture" run out of Trump Tower   
      First: A plea for help. I rarely run fundraisers on this site, but an emergency just hit. After spending my meager savings on frivolities like medicine and a new video card, MY BLOODY AIR CONDITIONER DIED. I live in a very hot attic in a very humid part of the country. When the outside temperature turns hellish, it becomes even hellisher up here -- for me, for my ladyfriend, and for my poor diabetic doggiefriend George.

      Yes, I'm brash enough to mention the effects of global (or at least local) warming on my canine companion. He pants and pants but won't leave my side for the cooler climes of downstairs. The loyalty of a dog is touching, astounding, and a bit unnerving. (Would it tug at your heartstrings if I showed you his picture? Mine is the shamelessness born of desperation.)

      If you "ding" the PayPal button to your left (you may have to scroll down), your generous contribution will go straight to the air conditioner fund. We don't need a big 'un. Our gratitude will be beyond words.

      Before we get to our main investigative piece, we need to look at a couple of other stories...

      Terror in the UK: Our sympathies and thoughts go out to the victims of the attack on the Finsbury Park Mosque, which has finally been officially labeled an act of terrorism.
      Witnesses said he 'deliberately' drove onto the pavement outside north London's Muslim Welfare House - yards from the Finsbury Park Mosque - and jumped out of the cab shouting 'I'm going to kill all Muslims - I did my bit'.
      A similar horror took place in Virginia:
      A 17-year-old Muslim girl identified as Nabra was kidnapped and beaten to death early Sunday morning in Sterling, Virginia. She was reported as missing at roughly 4 a.m. and now police believe they have found her body in a pond.
      So far, Donald Trump's twitter feed has mentioned neither of these outrages.

      Roger Stone. The Roger Stone/Alex Jones team-up has been absolutely boggling. After building a formidable rep as a conspiratorial-mastermind-for-hire, Stone now pretends to be the victim of dark and evil forces. It's a surreal situation: Roger Stone is one of the original Watergaters and the king of the dirty tricksters, yet our modern paranoia addicts consider him an apostle of fair play and decency. What's next? Will the Infowarriors proclaim Pablo Escobar to be the saint of non-violence?

      Stone's name came up an NBC News story published yesterday: "NBC News Exclusive: Memo Shows Watergate Prosecutors Had Evidence Nixon White House Plotted Violence." In 1972, Nixonians planned to use bullyboys from YAF (Young Americans for Freedom, a notorious right-wing group of the time) to mount a violent physical attack against Daniel Ellsberg as he spoke -- along with William Kunstler and other notables -- at an anti-war rally on the Capitol steps. The Watergate Committee investigated the incident and outlined their findings in a memo that has remained unreleased until now.

      Roger Stone was also interviewed. Here's a tidbit that everyone seems to have missed...


      "Carl Rove"? Is that Turdblossom back when he was a young turd? Must be! Stone now seems to despise Rove, calling him a "political profiteer" -- unlike Stone himself, who always does what he does for the purest of motives, just like Jesus or Barry Allen. Also see here.

      Ivanka, Donald and their "Poker Venture." Just after I had announced to the world that I was so over Louise Mensch, she publishes a truly fascinating bit of research which relies on open-source material instead of nameless informants. Okay, okay: The Nameless Ones do pop up in a couple of paragraphs. Readers of her piece should mentally excise those bits and double-check the rest.
      Ivanka has been linked to eleven companies in the Trump financial disclosures. Her status has been put to “Inactive” on several odd holding companies...
      The most immediately interesting company of Ivanka Trump’s is “Poker Venture Managing Member Corp“.  This is owned by Donald and Ivanka Trump. Ivanka’s company with her father itself is an officer of this very dodgy-looking shell, “Poker Venture LLC.” Judging by the corporation wiki, there is panic in Team Ivanka and Team Trump over “Poker Venture“.  It shows zero “Key People”, and has two other almost identical companies as its officers – the live, active PVMMC that Ivanka co-owns with her pops, and this “Inactive” attempt to clean Ivanka out of the picture: by: Poker Venture Managing Member Corp by: Donald J. Trump.

      Those touring “Corporation Wiki” will be surprised to see that “Poker Venture Managing Member Corp by: Donald J Trump” lists itself as an officer of inactive “Poker Venture”, yet when one clicks on the gray icon, one is taken to the same active company.

      All very strange.
      I'll say! Beyond the fact that Trump allegedly divested himself of his business interests, isn't it a little unseemly for the President of the United States to be listed as the owner of a company called Poker Venture Managing Member Corp, which filed in Nevada?

      This company is related to another enterprise called simply Poker Ventures, whose listed address is 725 5th Avenue, New York, NY -- Trump Tower. Mensch seems to have missed that part, although she thinks that this "Poker" business somehow links up to the botnet which she believes is run out of Trump Tower. (I see no evidence for this beyond the inscrutable pronouncements of The Nameless Ones.)

      I'll tell you something else that Louise Mensch seems to have missed: This Poker Venture business appears to link up to some scandalous doings outlined in one of my previous posts (of which I happen to be quite proud). It's hard to summarize that complicated piece, but I'll try.

      A Russian "Godfather" named Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov ran a shady operation out of Trump Tower -- specifically, unit 63A, not far below Trump's own living quarters. It was so shady that the FBI had bugged the joint. (We're talking money laundering.)

      Tokhtakhounov -- known as "Little Taiwan" or "Taiwanchik" because he looks Asian -- is the guy who linked Donald Trump up with the world of beauty contests in Russia. Taiwanchik has his fingers in all sorts of interesting deals -- for example, he was once arrested for rigging an Olympic figure skating competition.

      Tokhtakhounov had partners in his New York enterprise -- Vadim Trincher and Anatoly Golubchik. (Trincher was the 2009 world poker champion.) They were tried and convicted. Guess who put 'em away? Preet Bharara.

      That's right: The U.S. attorney famously fired by Donald Trump secured convictions against two guys running a criminal enterprise right below Trump's feet in Trump Tower.
      Dirty money must needs be laundered, right? One great way to launder money is via the world of art. Banks won't ask too many questions if you tell 'em that someone just paid twenty million for a Picasso.

      Enter Helly Nahmad, who used to run a tony art gallery in Manhattan. His family is worth some $3 billion...
      From a 2013 story in the NYT:
      Mr. Nahmad, a night-life fixture known for his showy extravagance and celebrity crowd — a $21 million Trump Tower apartment and friendships with people like Gisele Bündchen and Leonardo DiCaprio — was charged in April in a racketeering indictment brought by federal prosecutors in Manhattan. He was accused of being part financier, part money launderer and part bookmaker in a network that organized poker games and sports betting operations and drew hundred-thousand-dollar wagers from celebrities and billionaires.
      The feds knew his secrets because they were listening in on Nahmad's cellphone chats.
      But Helly’s interest in gambling led to trouble. The high-stakes poker and sports-betting ring that he is accused of helping to lead — with activity stretching from New York and Los Angeles — ultimately came to the attention of federal authorities who were investigating Russian organized crime figures.

      Mr. Nahmad helped not only to bankroll the operation, according to prosecutors, but was also personally involved in taking sports bets. In all, 34 people were indicted in the case. The lead defendant is Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, whom authorities identify as a high-ranking Russian gangster known by his nickname, Taiwanchik.
      All of this has to do with the world of high-stakes poker. These people linked up with a coast-to-coast gambling operation which attracted a number of Hollywood celebrities, including Ben Affleck and Tobey Maguire.

      My original post has many more details -- and by "many" I mean MANY. (Check out the Cyprus connection, which takes in Nahmad, Taiwanchik and Trump himself.) But right now, I want you to focus on "the holy game of poker."

      1. Donald and Ivanka run something called "Poker Venture," headquartered in Trump Tower but incorporated in Nevada.

      2. Directly below Trump's living quarters was a crooked enterprise run by Russian crime lord Alimzhan Tokhtakhounov, whose links to Trump himself are beyond dispute. Tokhtakhounov got away; he is now in Russia.

      3. Helly Nahmad, who also had a Trump Tower address, was involved with a nationwide (actually international) high-stakes poker ring.

      4. Nahmad and Tokhtakhounov deny knowing each other, even though Preet Bahrara named them both as co-defendants when he made a case against this money laundering/gambling operation. They also both link up with Trincher and the other defendants.

      It may be as well to quote from the above-cited 2013 US Attorney's Office press release:
      The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization is a nationwide criminal enterprise with strong ties to Russia and Ukraine. The leadership of the organization ran an international sportsbook that catered primarily to Russian oligarchs living in Russia and Ukraine and throughout the world. The Taiwanchik-Trincher Organization laundered tens of millions of dollars in proceeds from the gambling operation from Russia and the Ukraine through shell companies and bank accounts in Cyprus, and from Cyprus into the U.S. Once the money arrived in the U.S, it was either laundered through additional shell companies or invested in seemingly legitimate investments, such as hedge funds or real estate.
      Speaking of which: Many people have wondered who helped Jared Kushner purchase that ridiculously overpriced skyscraper at 666 Fifth Avenue. (I'm not claiming to have proof of a connection. I'm just sayin'.) For that matter, quite a few people have asked wondered why anyone would invest in Donald Trump's various properties, given the rather odd way he does business.

      Let's get back to that press release:
      The Nahmad-Trincher Organization is a nationwide criminal enterprise with leadership in Los Angeles, California, and New York City. The organization ran a high-stakes illegal gambling business that catered primarily to multi-millionaire and billionaire clients. The organization utilized several online gambling websites that operated illegally in the U.S. Debts owed to the Nahmad-Trincher Organization sometimes reached hundreds of thousands of dollars and even millions.
      NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said: “The subjects in this case ran high-stakes illegal poker games and online gambling, proceeds from which are alleged to have been funneled to organized crime overseas. The one thing they didn't bet on was the New York City police and federal investigators’ attention. I commend the NYPD Organized Crime Investigations Division and their partners in the FBI and U.S. Attorney Bharara's office for identifying and bringing the members of this organization to justice.”
      Well, we know what Trump did to Bharara. No good deed goes unpunished.

      The question before us is this: Is the "Poker Ventures" that lists Donald and Ivanka as owners -- and which lists Trump Tower as its address -- part of the very real "poker venture" run by criminals living right below Donald's feet in that very same building?

      I can't prove it. But the nomenclature sure as hell makes the idea seem inescapable.

      Nomenclature isn't all we have to go on. Let's return to Louise Mensch's article (stressing, once again, that this piece -- unlike much of her recent work -- derives from open sources, all properly cited)...
      Equally odd is that the state of New Jersey – (Ivanka Trump has a New Jersey address listed as one of her business records, associated with Poker Ventures) – has added to its newly published list of “Internet Gaming Ancillary Companies” both Poker Ventures LLC, which was already listed, but also “Novacorp Net Ltd”, “VidMob Inc” and “Reblaze Technologies”.
      So: Poker Ventures has to do with online gambling. (The legality of online gaming is a matter of some dispute.) Remember: The crooked Nahmad/Trincher operation also involved online gambling.

      And Poker Ventures LLC does indeed appear on that list compiled by the state of New Jersey. See for yourself.

      Mensch goes on to connect Poker Ventures up with some other notable names on that list, shady concerns which have definite connections to both Russians and Israelis. One of these enterprises,  Reblaze Technologies, seems to have little to do with gambling and much to do with hacking:
      ...it publishes anti-NSA blogs such as these, lauding the ‘hacking tools’ leaked by Shadow Brokers. Reblaze also offers lists of “protect your website” services you can buy from Russian hackers [sic], listing, ostensibly to protect against them, the full range of tools employed on Russia’s hack of America; its founder repeated the anti-NSA blog in an article that reads as a threat to hack America on Medium in December 2016.
      Fascinating stuff. That "protect your website" scam reminds me of the hoary "watch your car" racket illustrated in those old Dead End Kid movies. You should hit those links; they take you into very odd places.

      Unfortunately, we don't yet have any proof (beyond the word of Mensch's Nameless Ones) that this Reblaze business is tied up with Trump's Poker Ventures. Pity that: The possibilities are very intriguing.

      For that matter, I must reiterate that I cannot prove that Donald and Ivanka's weird foray into the worlds of poker and online gaming is part-and-parcel of the poker and online gaming operation run by Helly Mahmad and his Russian gangster associates. But come on: It's hard not to conclude that we're dealing with two ingredients from the same stew-pot. These poker-related ventures form a Venn diagram in which the two circles seem nearly congruent. You can't fairly accuse me of leaping to wild conclusions: This ain't the kind of hazy guff you get from Alex Jones.

      Louise Mensch, if you're reading these words: Thanks for returning to the world of real investigative writing. In the future, I hope you stop relying on the private sources who have provided you with so many dubious scoops. You'll have much more impact if you continue to provide stories that can be verified.

      I strongly urge you to look into the possible links between "Poker Ventures" and the real-world poker venture in Trump Tower.

      And please: Next time you feel tempted to accuse a perceived adversary of being a Russian spy, bite your tongue until it bleeds. A little more caution in your rhetoric will help you in the long run.

      Finally: If these words have proven intriguing or enlightening to you, please consider dinging that PayPal account. It's already infernally muggy in here -- several degrees hotter than the temps outside. I feel like I'm melting.
                超科幻 Galactic Bang單人概念機車 by Sergey Ermakov   

      上圖這輛酷到爆的Balactic Bang Concept雖然是二年前的作品,但到目前為止它絕對還是最酷的個人概念機車之一,所以大家應該瞭解以現今來說這個充滿科幻味的摩托車設計只能繼續維持概念車的身份。

      這款古怪的概念摩托車擁有一個中空的圓形車身,超平的座椅,在座椅後方還有二根不知何種用途的天線。

      然後,在天線下方還有四個極具特色的四出排氣尾管,尾管上還寫著Cool Fire。至於它是使用什麼樣的動力系統來驅動,我們是一無所知,因為來自俄國的設計師Sergey Ermakov並没有提到Galactic Bang Concept的任何動力來源,規格或數據,不過它看起來似乎是以磁浮的方式漂在空中,而且行駛速度很快。

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                When Google Failed You, But You Have to Finish Writing the Menu   

      I have a feeling that after the writer of this Chinese menu from an unindentified Taiwanese restaurant failed to find the appropriate Google translation (but it's delicious!), he or she kind of gave up.

      Ms. French fries sounds reasonable enough, but "McDonald's best friend"?


                Tycoons' Wealth Rebounds On 2017 Forbes Taiwan Rich List   
      SINGAPORE (June 29, 2017) – Taiwan’s strong ties to global markets and a rebound in its stock market bolstered the wealth of Taiwan’s 50 richest. The tycoons’ total net worth increased by 21% to a combined US$124 billion, according to the 2017 Forbes Taiwan Rich List. The complete list is [...]
                For sale - Express Women's S Gray Metallic Striped Rayon Blend... - Auction   

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      Albion 3020, Australia
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                News Wrap: Trump urges GOP to get rid of Obamacare now   

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      JUDY WOODRUFF: Senate Republicans have begun the Fourth of July recess with President Trump urging them to get rid of Obamacare, even if they can’t replace it yet.

      In a tweet this morning, he said: “If Republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal, and then replace at a later date.” The White House said later that it is still — quote — “fully committed” to getting a bill through the Senate.

      The president’s feud with cable news hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough escalated today. Mr. Trump drew widespread condemnation yesterday for crudely criticizing Brzezinski’s appearance and intelligence.

      Today, the “Morning Joe” team on MSNBC charged the White House had threatened them with a tabloid expose last spring.

      JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: We got a call that, hey, The National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys.

      And it was, you know — Donald is friends with — the president’s friends with the guy that runs The National Enquirer.

      And they said, if you call the president up, and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike the story.

      JUDY WOODRUFF: The National Enquirer said that it was unaware of any discussions involving the White House and the “Morning Joe” hosts.

      The president answered Scarborough’s allegation another tweet. He said — quote — “Fake news. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no.”

      A scaled-back version of President Trump’s travel ban is now in force, affecting six mostly Muslim nations and refugees in general. It took effect late Thursday. There were scattered protests in Los Angeles and other cities, but none of the airport chaos that had greeted the original order in January.

      Meanwhile, Hawaii asked a federal judge to expand the list of those eligible beyond immediate family members of those already in the U.S.

      China lodged a public protest today over U.S. plans to sell $1.4 billion in arms to Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry said that the move runs counter to President Trump’s commitment to the one-China policy. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a renegade province.

      Separately, Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain. He greeted thousands of Chinese troops at an army garrison, a display aimed at groups calling for Hong Kong’s independence. Xi made clear that China is not letting go.

      PRESIDENT XI JINPING, China (through interpreter): After 20 years of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the practice of one country, two systems has gained universally acknowledged success. Of course, we have encountered some new situations, new problems and new challenges in the practice. It is not horrible to have problems. The point is to figure out some ways to solve them.

      JUDY WOODRUFF: The Chinese Foreign Ministry also caused a stir, dismissing the 1997 agreement with Britain. A spokesman said it — quote — “no longer has any practical significance.”

      There is word that the flow of refugees out of Syria has reversed. The U.N. Refugee Agency reports nearly half-a-million Syrians have returned to their homes this year. Most have returned to areas where government forces have regained control after years of fighting.

      Back in this country, a gunman opened fire at a hospital in New York City, killing one doctor and seriously wounding several others, before taking his own life. Police said the shooter was also a doctor who had once worked at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Emergency crews and heavily armed police descended on the scene. Officials said it was an isolated incident, and not an act of terror.

      Local and federal authorities in Chicago unveiled new efforts today to cut the flow of illegal guns, including adding more federal agents. The announcement came as President Trump tweeted that crime and killings in Chicago have reached epidemic proportions. Officials in the city said there’s actually been some improvement, but they also welcomed the federal help.

      JOEL LEVIN, U.S. Attorney: Significant progress is being made in the effort to combat the violence in Chicago, but the level of violence continues at an unacceptable level, and it is a battle which can only be fought with all hands on deck. That is state, federal, and local law enforcement.

      JUDY WOODRUFF: As of Sunday, there have been more than 1,300 shootings in Chicago this year. That’s down from nearly 1,600 at the same point last year.

      Firefighting crews are making progress against a wildfire that threatened to engulf an Arizona town. Officials reopened a major roadway in Prescott Valley today, north of Phoenix, and hundreds of people were allowed back into their homes. A few thousand others are still in shelters.

      On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 62 points to close at 21349. The Nasdaq fell about four points, and the S&P 500 added three. Both the Dow and the S&P were up 8 percent for the first half of the year. That is the Dow’s best showing since 2013. The Nasdaq rose 14 percent, its best since 2009.

      And on a lighter note, Crayola is asking for help naming a new shade of blue. Out of 90,000 submissions, the top five contenders are, dreams come blue, star-spangled blue, blue moon bliss, reach for the stars, my favorite, and blue-tiful.

      You can vote on Crayola’s Web site starting tomorrow through August 31.

      The post News Wrap: Trump urges GOP to get rid of Obamacare now appeared first on PBS NewsHour.


                7 of the best performance pedals — a handy component to save weight on, but which ones are the best value?   

      A change of pedals can lop a chunk of weight off your bike and also give you a chance to switch to pedals that work better in other ways such as providing a broader platform for your shoes or user-friendly double-sided mechanism.

      In the selection of lightweight, high-end pedals below we’ve picked pedals designed to save weight but that also improve over regular or less expensive designs in other ways.

      For example, Look’s latest Keo Blade pedals have a very large steel contact plate, which in theory makes the cleat — and therefore the shoe — steadier on the pedal.

      The Hairsine ratios for these pedals are based on Shimano’s 330g R540 pedals, except for the Ritcheys which we’ve compared with Shimano’s 374g M520s.

      >>Read more: Buyer's Guide — The best clipless pedals

      Ritchey Pro Micro V4 — £68

      Weight: 210g Hairsine ratio: 2.41

      Ritchey Pro Micro V4 Road Pedals - pair

      Ritchey Pro Micro V4 Road Pedals - pair

      The Ritchey Pro Micro Road Pedals are lightweight, sleek pedals for SPD-cleat users. At 210g (plus cleats), they’re are at the lighter end of heavy; they’re almost certainly the lightest option if you want to use shoes you can easily walk in.

      Once clicked in they feel just as good as any other high-end SPD-style pedal, with a decent amount of float, no fore-aft slop and clean entry/exit even with grime underfoot. Being single-sided you have to look a bit, and without the SPD-SL's large rear end they don't hang ready to clip into.

      We didn't find flipping them over to engage to be any hassle, the compactness meaning they didn't want to spin all the way over under their own gravity. Double-sided SPDs might be a boon off-road where you are clipping in-out frequently, but for even moderately-experienced road users the single-sidedness of the Ritcheys shouldn't be an issue.

      Read our review of the Ritchey Pro Micro V4

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      Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals — £114.49

      Weight: 208g Hairsine ratio: 1.06

      Speedplay Zero pedals

      Speedplay Zero pedals

      Those who love Speedplays rave about the low weight, adjustability, and shallow stack. But it's undeniable they need more looking after than most pedals, the large cleat is awkward to walk in (the new aero cleat is a big improvement on the original naked cleat though) and they're susceptible to clogging from even the smallest amount of dirt.

      But if you have knees that are in any way fragile, or you want pedals that are incredibly easy to enter and release but fit stiff-soled road racing shoes, their free float and double-sided designs make Speedplays well worth considering.

      Read our review of the Speedplay Zero Stainless Pedals

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      Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 Carbon SPD-SL — £159.99

      Weight: 228g Hairsine ratio: 0.64

      Shimano PD-R9100.jpg

      Shimano PD-R9100.jpg

      This is the lighter successor to the previous carbon-composite Dura-Ace pedals, with 20g less material around the go-on-forever internals that have always made Dura-Ace pedals long-term good value.

      The pedal body is 63mm wide, which is exactly the same width as Look Keo Carbon Blades, so you get a shed-load of stability. Your cleats just don't rock on these pedals; it's an absolutely rock-solid platform (as is the Look design). Where Shimano scores over its French rival is that the stainless steel plate across the centre of the pedal body — over the top of the axle — is replaceable. If you eventually wear it down, you can fit a new one without the need to buy a whole new set of pedals. That makes a lot of sense.

      The SPD-SL cleats you get in the box have 6 degrees of float - meaning that you can pivot your foot 3 degreees in either direction before becoming unclipped. I've always found that to be plenty for keeping the old knees happy although, of course, you might be different.

      Read our review of the Shimano Dura-Ace 9100 Carbon SPD-SL

      Xpedo Thrust XRF08CT — £178.03

      Weight: 184g Hairsine ratio: 0.82

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      Xpedo.jpg

      Despite their conventional steel springs, these carbon-bodied Look Keo clones from the upmarket arm of Taiwanese pedal giant Wellgo are very light, thanks to their pared-down carbon fibre bodies and titanium axles.

      Out on the road these provide you with a whole lot of stability. That wide pedal body gives you a solid platform underneath your foot for putting down the power, with no rocking from side to side. The mechanism hangs on to your cleat securely, and if you wind up the tension there’s virtually no chance of your foot disconnecting unexpectedly.

      Read our review of the Xpedo Thrust XRF08CT

      Look Keo Blade 2 Carbon Ti Pedals — £164.99

      Weight: 180g Hairsine ratio: 0.91

      Look Keo Blade Ti Team.jpg

      Look Keo Blade Ti Team.jpg

      This is the lightest incarnation of Look’s Keo Blade pedals, which use a weight-saving carbon fibre leaf spring to provide the retention force in place of the usual steel coil.

      We like the less expensive Keo 2 Max Blade and these have even more bells and whistles, including a very large steel contact plate for stability (700mm2 rather than the Max’s 400mm2) and titanium axle.

      Look makes the Keo Blade 2 Ti in three versions with different spring tensions, but warns that you shouldn’t come crying to them if you crash because you can’t get out of the 20Nm version.

      Read our review of the Look Keo Blade 2 Pro Team Carbon Ti Pedals

      Time Xpresso 15 — £266.99

      Weight: 140g Hairsine ratio: 0.71

      TIME Xpresso 15 pedals

      TIME Xpresso 15 pedals

      The Time Xpresso 15 pedals are extremely light and clipping in/twisting out could hardly be easier. The downside is the price, and the cleats wear noticeably faster than those of other brands.

      At just 140g for the pair, they're phenomenally light thanks to carbon bodies, titanium axles, aluminium top plates and ceramic bearings. Clipping in is very easy thanks to a spring mechanism that stays open after you click out.

      Read our review of the Time Xpresso 15

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      Speedplay Zero Titanium Nanogram — £449.55

      Weight: 120g Hairsine ratio: 0.47

      Speedplay Nanogram

      Speedplay Nanogram

      At just 120g/pair these race-day-only pedals are Speedplay's demonstration that the Zero design can be made extraordinarily light. Speedplay has often displayed superlight bikes at trade shows; these pedals help make bikes like those even lighter.

      The low weight is achieved by the use of every lightweight material you can think of: carbon-reinforced thermoplastic bodies; ceramic bearings; titanium axles; titanium bolts; and aluminium top plates. The cleats have been lightened too with carbon fiber replacing the plastic and aluminium fasteners instead of steel. They're bonkers expensive, but you have to admire the fanaticism.

      Find a Speedplay dealer

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                China-U.S. ties sour over N Korea, Taiwan   
      Relations between China and the United States soured on Friday as Beijing fumed over U.S. arms sales to Taiwan and U.S. sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to…
                With bank sanctions and arms sales, US hardens line on China   
      “The Trump administration hardened its approach to China on Thursday, blacklisting a small Chinese bank over dealings with North Korea while approving more than a billion dollars in military sales to Taiwan.” Source: With bank sanctions and arms sales, US hardens line on China
                US clears arms deal for Taiwan worth up to $1.3B   
      “The State Department on Thursday cleared a massive arms deal for Taiwan, worth up to $1.3 billion.” Source: US clears arms deal for Taiwan worth up to $1.3B
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                China strongly protests US arms sales to Taiwan    
      The U.S. State Department approved the arms sale on Thursday, the first such deal with Taiwan since President Donald Trump took office.
                'Outraged': China Calls on U.S. to Halt $1.4 Billion Arms Sale to Taiwan   
      The comments represent the latest twist in a complex relationship between Washington and Beijing since President Donald Trump took office.
                

      The daily business briefing: June 30, 2017

         

      1.

      The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it was imposing sanctions on a Chinese bank, the Bank of Dandong, which the Treasury Department has accused of laundering money for North Korean companies. The U.S. also targeted a Chinese company and two Chinese individuals with the sanctions, which are part of an effort to cut off funding for North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs. "We will follow the money and cut off the money," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a briefing at the White House. The move came after the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, and as President Trump reportedly grows impatient with China after he personally pressed President Xi Jinping to step up pressure on North Korea to curb its weapons programs.

      2.

      Nike shares jumped by nearly 7 percent in premarket trading after the athletic apparel company reported better-than-expected quarterly profit, and confirmed a plan to sell shoes directly through Amazon.com. Nike, the world's largest footwear maker, said its pilot program on Amazon would start out with a limited assortment of products. The company's comments confirmed earlier reports that Nike was looking into selling shoes directly rather than through third-party stores. "We're looking for ways to improve the Nike consumer experience on Amazon by elevating the way the brand is presented and increasing the quality of product storytelling," Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker said after the earnings report.

      3.

      U.S. stock futures suggested a modest rebound on Friday, the last trading day of the second quarter, following Thursday losses that were fueled by a tech sell-off and rising concerns that central banks were preparing to unwind years of easy money policies designed to stimulate economic growth. European shares edged higher on Friday after their sharpest drop in nine months. The Stoxx Europe 600 gained 0.3 percent. In the U.S., Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 0.2 percent, S&P 500 futures rose by 0.3 percent, and Nasdaq-100 futures were up 0.4 percent, pointing to a higher open. Bonds, which have been under pressure this week, also showed signs of stabilizing.

      4.

      The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it was selling $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the sale shows "support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability," but does not mean there will be any change in the "one China" policy. The U.S. supports Taiwan, which China still claims as a province, but only officially recognizes China. The package includes technical support for early warning radar, as well as anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes, and missile components. China reacted angrily on Friday, demanding that the U.S. cancel the sale, which it said would pose a threat to China's security and harm Sino-U.S. relations.

      5.

      Senate Republicans' proposal to replace ObamaCare would slash Medicaid spending by 35 percent over the next two decades, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The report, requested by Democrats, provided a longer-term forecast of the effects of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to send the CBO a revised proposal on Friday after a version released earlier this week failed to win over enough support to pass. The current proposal caps per-person Medicaid spending and phases out ObamaCare's expansion of the program, which provides health coverage for low-income people. As a result, the CBO said, the plan would reduce Medicaid spending from 2 percent of gross domestic product to 1.6 percent in 2036.


                

      10 things you need to know today: June 30, 2017

         

      1.

      Parts of President Trump's travel ban took effect Thursday evening, tightening already strict visa policies toward travelers from six Muslim-majority nations. The restrictions, slated to last three months, started at 8 p.m. The administration promised an orderly transition, unlike the chaos that erupted at airports when the full policy briefly took effect earlier this year before court challenges blocked it. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Daniel Hetlage predicted "business as usual at our ports of entry." People with valid visas can still travel from the targeted countries — Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran, and Yemen. Those seeking new visas will have to be able to document that they have a close relative or an existing relationship with a school, business, or other entity in the U.S. Hawaii immediately filed a challenge, asking a court to clarify that relatives not specifically listed by the administration could not be denied entry.

      2.

      Leading Republican lawmakers denounced President Trump on Thursday for unleashing a harsh personal attack against Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski, tweeting that she had been "bleeding badly from a face-lift" in a recent visit to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. "Obviously, I don't see that as an appropriate comment," House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said. "What we're trying to do around here is improve the tone and the civility of the debate, and this obviously doesn't help do that." Trump also slammed Brzezinski's co-host and fiance Joe Scarborough, referring to the former Republican congressman as "Psycho Joe" and Brzezinski as "low I.Q. Crazy Mika." White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defended Trump's remarks, noting that when someone criticizes Trump he "fights fire with fire." Brzezinski and Scarborough responded in a Friday Washington Post op-ed, saying that Trump is "not well."

      3.

      Senate Republicans' proposal to replace ObamaCare would slash Medicaid spending by 35 percent over the next two decades, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The report, requested by Democrats, provided a longer-term forecast of the effects of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is working on a revised proposal, hoping to win over some of the at least nine Republicans who opposed the original plan — the GOP can't pass the bill if it loses more than two of the party's 52 senators. The current proposal caps per-person Medicaid spending and phases out ObamaCare's expansion of the program, which provides health coverage for low-income people. As a result, the CBO said, the plan would reduce Medicaid spending from 2 percent of gross domestic product to 1.6 percent in 2036.

      4.

      Officials in several states on Thursday refused to turn over voter rolls requested in a letter from the vice chairman of President Trump's commission on election integrity, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. In the letter, which was sent to all 50 states Wednesday, Kobach requested information on voters including names, birthdays, and a decade of their voting history. The letter asked for data "publicly available under the laws of your state." Officials from Virginia, California, and Kentucky said they would not comply. "At best this commission was set up as a pretext to validate Donald Trump's alternative election facts, and at worst is a tool to commit large-scale voter suppression," Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) said.

      5.

      Iraq declared the end of the Islamic State's self-declared caliphate on Thursday, after government forces captured the remains of the historic Al-nuri Mosque in the heart of Mosul, ISIS's de facto capital. The capture of the destroyed 850-year-old mosque and its iconic minaret marked a significant symbolic victory, because that is where the ISIS (also known by its Arabic acronym Daesh) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself ruler of all Muslims. "The return of al-Nuri Mosque and al-Hadba minaret to the fold of the nation marks the end of the Daesh state of falsehood," Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said in a statement. Col. Ryan Dillon, a spokesman of the U.S.-led coalition supporting Iraqi forces, said Mosul's liberation was days away, although the remaining fight would be difficult.

      6.

      The House of Representatives on Thursday passed two bills that would support President Trump's crackdown on undocumented immigrants. One of the measures, the "No Sanctuary for Criminals Act," seeks to punish so-called sanctuary cities that refuse to help federal authorities deport undocumented immigrants. The other, dubbed "Kate's Law," aims to penalize people who commit crimes after entering the country illegally. The legislation was named for Kathryn Steinle, who was fatally shot in San Francisco two years ago by a repeated felon and undocumented immigrant who had been deported several times. The GOP majority passed the bills largely along party lines. Many Democrats criticized the bills as anti-immigrant. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) called the second bill "callous and irrational."

      7.

      The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it was selling $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the sale shows "support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability," but does not mean there will be any change in the "one China" policy. The U.S. supports Taiwan, which China still claims as a province, but only officially recognizes China. The package includes technical support for early warning radar, as well as anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes, and missile components. China reacted angrily on Friday, demanding that the U.S. cancel the sale, which it said would pose a threat to China's security and harm Sino-U.S. relations.

      8.

      German lawmakers voted Friday to legalize gay marriage, bringing the country in line with other leading Western nations. "It's a joyous turning-point," said Volker Beck, who served as a spokesman for the Lesbian and Gay Federation in Germany before entering parliament as a member of the Green Party. "Equality and civil rights have been achieved." Chancellor Angela Merkel paved the way for the snap vote, telling lawmakers in her conservative coalition on Monday that they could vote their conscience. She herself voted no on Friday. The measure, which also allows same-sex couples to adopt, passed 393 to 226 with 4 abstentions. It is expected to face legal challenges. Germany has allowed same-sex civil unions since 2001.

      9.

      A Republican opposition researcher, Peter W. Smith, told The Wall Street Journal last year that he tried to get copies of emails from Hillary Clinton's server from hackers, including Russians, and he made associates believe he was working with Michael Flynn, who would later briefly serve as President Trump's national security adviser. "He said, 'I'm talking to Michael Flynn about this — if you find anything, can you let me know?'" Eric York, an Atlanta computer-security expert, told the paper. Smith, who was 81, died shortly after talking to the paper. The Journal said it was unclear whether Flynn played any role in the search, and Smith told the paper that he knew Flynn, but did not say Flynn was involved in his work.

      10.

      Greta Van Susteren is leaving MSNBC just six months after joining the network. "We're kind of in shock," said Van Susteren's agent and husband, John Coale. In a statement, MSNBC said it was "grateful" to have had Van Susteren on air "and we wish her the best." Van Susteren left Fox News, where she'd been for 14 years, last September amid the turbulence that followed the ousting of CEO Roger Ailes; she made her debut on MSNBC in January. Vanity Fair reports Van Susteren's 6 p.m. show, For the Record, "struggled to gain traction." She will be replaced by Ari Melber. Megyn Kelly, who also departed Fox to join MSNBC, has likewise charted rocky ratings since making the switch.


                China demands that Trump administration cancel $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan   

      On Thursday, the State Department announced arms sales to Taiwan worth $1.42 billion, the first such sale under President Trump. The sale shows "support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability," State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters, but it doesn't signal any change in America's adherence to the "one China" policy; the U.S. is Taiwan's only arms supplier. The deal requires congressional approval. China reacted angrily on Friday, demanding that the U.S. cancel the sale. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said the deal would pose a serious threat to China's sovereignty and security, and harm Sino-U.S. relations. The last arms sale to Taiwan was approved by former President Barack Obama in 2015.


                Commercial Finance Attorney with 3-6 years of transactions experience - Georgia-Atlanta   
      Atlanta office of our client seeks commercial finance attorney with 3-6 years of experience in one or more of the following: corporate finance, asset based lending, technology finance, and franchise finance. The candidate should have experience with large and complicated transactions. Large law firm experience is strongly preferred.Law offices are based in Georgia, North Carolina, China, Taiwan and the District of Columbia. A sizable team of results-driven attorneys are employed at the firm. There are ten areas of practice. A few of their practice disciplines include corporate, environmental and litigation. The law practice supports community outreach and diversity in the work force. The firm and attorneys were recognized in several top industry periodicals. They're a member in two professional associations namely Lawyers Associated Worldwide and World Services Group.
                Junior Real Estate Capital Markets Partner with tax experience - Georgia-Atlanta   
      Atlanta office of our client seeks junior real estate capital markets tax partner with 7-10 years of experience. The candidate must have experience and expertise in REIT and partnership taxation and have significant knowledge in other issues affecting structuring of real estate investments (FIRPTA, 1031, 163(j), and ERISA). Should also have basic expertise in tax aspects of mergers and acquisitions as applicable to REITs, funds and real estate investments generally.Law offices are based in Georgia, North Carolina, China, Taiwan and the District of Columbia. A sizable team of results-driven attorneys are employed at the firm. There are ten areas of practice. A few of their practice disciplines include corporate, environmental and litigation. The law practice supports community outreach and diversity in the work force. The firm and attorneys were recognized in several top industry periodicals. They're a member in two professional associations namely Lawyers Associated Worldwide and World Services Group.
                CHINA AID: one of the most authoritative elderly and long-term care events in China   

      SHANGHAI, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 13th China International Exhibition of Senior Care, Rehabilitation Medicine and Healthcare (CHINA AID ) will take place from 28th to 30th May 2018 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.

      As the first city in China to have entered the stage of demographic aging, Shanghai has witnessed its elderly population over the age of 60 accounting for 31.6% of the entire population by the end of 2016 and the City is estimated to experience a yearly increase of the elderly population by 200,000 on average before 2025, ranking as one of the oldest cities in the world within the next decade.

      Shanghai Government has been actively involving social forces in the development of the elderly care industry and private and foreign capital has been pouring into the market. Over the past year, local state-owned capital has also endeavored to get into the elderly care market and investments have been made in community home care programs, contributing to an upgrade of services for the elderly, benefiting a larger amount of people.

      CHINA AID is jointly sponsored by the Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, Shanghai Municipal Committee on Ageing and CPITSH. With 17 years' of robust growth, CHINA AID has developed into one of the most authoritative elderly and long-term care events in China. It is one of the largest and most established exhibitions of its kind in Asia, incorporating multiple platforms for product demonstration, service showcasing, knowledge exchange and networking.

      As a leading trade show, CHINA AID 2017 enjoyed strong participation from overseas and this year featured 327 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions, with a floor space of 25,000 sqm, attracting 40,458 professional visitors. Japanese, French, British and Taiwanese exhibitors featured state-of-the-art elderly care products and services displayed in their pavilions.

      CHINA AID point of contact: Michelle Ma
      Tel: +86-21-6295-
      7553
      Email: mazhiwen@shanghai-intex.com

       

       

      To view the original version on PR Newswire, visit:http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/china-aid-one-of-the-most-authoritative-elderly-and-long-term-care-events-in-china-300478842.html


                Comment on India warns China over road construction near border amid stand-off by Fre Okin   
      Modern generations, Millennials Don't Care about all the old stuff. They Don't Remember, have No Connections. That is why Taiwanese, HK Chinese and other diaspora Chinese in Singapore, Malaysia Don't Care and In Fact Despise China just because of Western propaganda 'China is a Commie, human rights abuse blah blah blah'. I am a Hua Chiao and I have Seen both Asia and US and I can tell you how bad China's image is in the West. I am All Over The Internet trying to help polish China's Image but that stupid GT even ban me perhaps they don't like my idea about Arunachal Pradesh/S Tibet and the exiled Tibetans. Moronic Commie!
                Comment on India warns China over road construction near border amid stand-off by steve   
      Historically, Western Powers wants a piece of China, supported by allies and powerful Western media. Any country, be it India, Vietnam, Philippines, Japan or Sth Korea, etc will be well supported by the West as long as they are against China. I support your concern and China, but who and what qualifications can do the job for China. A foreigner geopolitical and historical expert.? A panel of experts are required. China faces very strong 360 degrees headwinds. Even if the Motherland is right, she is still wrong and if she is wrong, she will be cursed as an abuser, a bully and land grab. China has tremendously a lot on her plate, just looking at B&R, the connectivity between Eurasian countries, China, Asia, etc is an unbelievably massive project. China cannot afford to risk war, let alone against India which will be well supported by the Western Allies. And now the US issuing sanctions and selling weapons to Taiwan, the Korean peninsula, etc, the US is having a ball in its gunboat diplomacy, all under the pretext of freedom of democracy.
                Un joven muere tras jugar 40 horas seguidas al videojuego «Diablo III»   
      Un adolescente taiwanés de 18 años murió el pasado fin de semana en un cibercafé de ese país tras jugar durante 40 horas seguidas a la versión online del videojuego Diablo III. Según informa la agencia Europa Press, citando fuentes … Sigue leyendo
                China angry at US sanctions and weapons sales to Taiwan   
      Sanctions have been imposed on the Chinese Bank of Dandong with the US Treasury department accusing it of being "a conduit for illicit North Korean activity".
                Taiwan arms sale, North Korea sanctions outrage Beijing in test of US-China ties under Trump - Washington Post   

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                Seorang Pekerja Migrant di Taiwan yang Terjebak Kebakaran Pabrik Di Changhwa Jum'at Pagi Tadi   
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                The 19 most complex and dangerous roads in the world   
      The 19 most complex and dangerous roads in the world: "
      Sure, it feels fantastic to traverse the vast stretches of the best roads in the world via adrenaline pumping speeds. How about a complicated road, one that twists and turns, or has downright congested traffic, or unforgiving terrain? They might give you a headache, but it sure feels good when you’ve conquered them. Here is the list of the world’s most complicated and dangerous roads. Some of these complicated mountain passes can be dangerous if not negotiated with utmost caution, while others are complicated sets of roads and bridges, erected to ensure a streamlined flow of traffic at busy junctions. Without further ado, we present our top 19 list…

      1) Col de Turini, France


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      Situated more than 1 mile above sea level, Col de Turini is a mountain pass situated in south of France in the Alps. It’s also part of a 20 miles rally stage of the Monte Carlo Rally of WRC, which combines 34 challenging hairpins and long stretches where cars top 111 mph. It is one of the most exciting roads on Earth. The pass was featured in the very first episode of Top Gear series 10, when the presenters went in search of the greatest driving road in the world. At its highest point, Col de Turini is 1607m high. In the north, the Col de Turini starts with a dazzling series of hairpins. Finally, we end up riding in a gorge, with a wild river on the left, and a steep rock-wall on the right.



      2) Stelvio Pass, Italy


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      Located in the Eastern Alps in Italy, the Stelvio Pass Road connects the Valtellina with Merano and the upper Adige valley. This mountain road pass is situated at an altitude of around 1.7 miles above sea level. The road is particularly challenging to drive due to the presence of 48 hairpin bends, with the road becoming exceedingly narrow at some points, and some very steep inclines. With a height of 2757 meters, it is the highest paved mountain pass in the Eastern Alps and the second highest in the Alps, after the 2770 m high Col de l’Iseran. While it might not be as dangerous as the other routes, it is certainly breathtaking. The toughest and most spectacular drives are from the Prato side. The mountain pass is one of the best continuous hairpin routes in the world.

      3) Leh–Manali Highway, India


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      The Leh-Manali Highway is situated in India and spans over a length of 297 miles among the Himalaya mountain range. It passes through some of the worlds highest mountain passes in the world, with a mean altitude in between 2 to 3 miles above sea level. The road is one of the most complicated and challenging roads in the world, with snow, landslides and terrain making the journey exceedingly difficult for anything other than a capable four wheel drive vehicle. The road was built and is maintained by the Indian Army.

      4) The Puxi Viaduct, Shanghai


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      This is one of Shanghai’s busiest and largest interchange that caters to thousands of vehicles every hour. It has five levels of bridges that help connect two of the cities busiest highways, directing vehicles without much fuss.

      5) The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange, LA


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      The Judge Harry Pregerson Interchange is situated in Los Angeles, CA and is one of the most complicated interchanges in the country. It permits entry and exit in all directions between the I-105 and the I-110. It’s a stack interchange with layers of bridges making a complicated network of roads allowing smooth flow of traffic though both the interstate highways. This interchange was opened in 1993. It is a 4 level interchange with a restricted access lane that can be used by high-occupancy vehicles.

      6) The Road of death, Bolivia


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      The North Yungas Road (also known as the El Camino de la Muerte, ‘Road of Death’ in Spanish) is a 43 mile road connecting La Paz and Coroico, 35 miles northeast of La Paz in Bolivia. Famous for its extreme danger, it was christened as the “world’s most dangerous road” in 1995 by the Inter-American Development Bank. The single-lane width, extreme drop offs, and lack of guardrails, only add to the danger lurking behind. Further, the fog and rain can make visibility poor and the road surface muddy, loosening rocks from the hillsides above. It is estimated that 200 to 300 travelers are killed per year on this treacherous road. Although, the old North Yungas Road is much less used by traffic nowadays, an increasing number of adventure bikers travel it for the thrills.

      7) Russia’s Lena Highway, the Highway from Hell


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      The last 600 miles of the Russian Federal Highway from Moscow city to the Siberian city of Yakutsk is called the “Lena Highway”. This bizarre road runs parallel to the River Lena on the final leg to Yakutsk. As if the road of mud was not a big problem, Yakutsk is considered one of the the coldest cities on earth, with January temperatures averaging -45 °F. But surprisingly, it is only in the summertime that the road becomes impassable. Whenever it rains in summer, the road virtually becomes a slush pit making it impossible for the vehicles to pass through it. This being the only road to Yakutsk makes the traffic heavy and even more complicated to negotiate.

      8. Gravelly Hill Interchange, Burmingham, UK



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      Gravelly Hill Interchange, nicknamed ‘the Spaghetti Junction’, is the 6th junction of the M6 motorway, where it joins the A38 Aston Expressway in Birmingham, UK. The name “Spaghetti Junction” was coined by Roy Smith, a journalist from the Birmingham Evening Mail in the 1970s. The areal view of the junction sure tells us why it is called the Spaghetti Junction. Spanning an impressive 30 acres, the junction serves 18 routes and includes 4 km of slip roads. Across 6 different levels, there are 559 concrete columns, reaching up to 24.4 m in height. The engineers had to elevate 13.5 miles of the motorway to accommodate 2 railway lines, 3 canals, and 2 rivers. It’s the most complicated junction in United Kingdom.

      9) Russian-Georgian “Military” Mountain Roads


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      When they are not covered in sheets of snow, then it’s the thick, grueling mud. These remote highways would probably swallow your car in the snow or mud. Though neither affect the locals who drive their Lada cars down it regularly. Situated in the Caucasus mountains, these roads are to be tackled only by the Russian military which probably explain why they lack any official designation. The harsh surface, along with the problems posed by snow, makes this road almost inaccessible during winter. The seldom used road connects Russia and Georgia and assumes of strategic importance for both countries.

      10) Guoliang Tunnel Road, China


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      The magnificent tunnel road in the Taihang mountains was built by 13 local villagers headed by their chief, Shen Mingxin, and took around five years to finish. Many villagers lost their lives in accidents during construction of the tunnel but the others continued relentlessly. The tunnel was opened to traffic on May 1st, 1977. The 1200 meter long tunnel is about 5 meters high and 4 meters wide. It is located in the Henan Province of China. The Guoliang tunnel is another addition to most dangerous and complicated roads to travel. Dubbed as “the road that does not tolerate any mistakes”, most accidents in the tunnel are primarily caused by the neglect of the traveler. Nonetheless, it is an extremely scenic route and is a key destination on the Chinese tourism map.

      11) Taroko Gorge Road in Taiwan (Chungheng)


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      The Taroko Gorge Road in Taiwan is another mountain route in China made by carving out rocks, like the Guoliang Tunnel road. The road passes through the Taroko national park alongside the Taroko Gorge. The road is an appeal to the tourist, as well as a mode of transportation of marble found abundantly in the Gorge.

      12) Pasubio (Vicenza), Northern Italy


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      This is a hiking trail made out of an ancient road trail. The road serves mostly for motorcycles and certain types of car. The road is dangerously narrow and slippery, spanning many cliff faces and tunnels with stunning scenery, making this a popular destination for adventurous travelers.

      13) The Halsema Highway in the Philippines


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      The Halsema Highway runs through the Central Cordillera Valley in Philippines. It is also called the Baguio-Bontoc Road. The road is approximately 150 miles long and is mostly unpaved. The road runs through steep cliff faces which barely have any guard rails or other safety devices installed. The narrow roads and steep cliff faces make the road almost impassable during the rainy season. It’s known for the rock slides and mud slides and buses driving dangerously fast on its narrow passage. There are plenty of accidents and many overturned buses on a yearly basis. There are sheer drop offs of more than 1000 feet without a safety guard rail. This route is for sure one of the most dangerous roads in the world.

      14) Trollstigen in Norway


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      The Fjord in Norway has many roads that attract tourists. The most notable among them is the Trollstigen which is a series of stunning roads with a breathtaking view of a few waterfalls. The word Trollstigen means the Troll Ladder. The road, though not lacking in safety standards, takes a lot of concentration and driving skill to conquer. The vertigo-inducing steep inclines, intense set of hairpins and narrow roads leave no margin for error. However, once you are at the top, the view is just breathtaking. The narrow road leaves us with extremely few possibilities for vehicles to pass each other. The frequent rockfalls in the region have resulted in some upgrades to the road in 2005. At the top, there is a viewing balcony which overlooks the road and the Stigfossen waterfall, a 320 m long waterfall which falls down the mountain side.

      15) Los Caracoles Pass in Andes


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      This road passes though the Andreas Mountains on the way between Chile and Argentina. Los Caracoles is a series of hard switchbacks on an extremely steep incline. The road has many steep inclines and hairpins without any safety guard rails. The road is covered with snow for the most part of the year. The snow together with nature of the road requires extreme patience and skill to negotiate. However, this road is maintained pretty regularly and does not have a morbid accident record. Cargo trucks and even double-Decker tourist buses travel through the road on a daily basis, and it’s quite an experience.

      16) Iroha-zaka winding road, Japan


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      Iroha-zaka winding road is the main route that connects central Nikko and Oku-Nikko. The First Iroha-zaka is used to come down, and the Second Iroha-zaka to go up. Each corner has an ancient Japanese alphabet, and you will see it in alphabetical order starting from I-ro-ha and hence the name. The road was used by ascetics in the past. The number of curves on the road was 48, matching the 48 letters of the ancient Japanese alphabet. Therefore, the tourist guides started to call the slope Iroha-zaka. After the construction of the second Iroha-zaka there were 50 curves, but 2 were decreased to remain corresponding with the 48 letters. How’s that for complicated?

      17) Van Zyl’s Pass, Namibia


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      Van Zyl’s Pass, or the DR3703, located in Namibia, is a classic extreme road. It is not exactly a road, just a route made over the mountain by the travelers over time. The outrageously steep pass provides a pure adrenaline rush, but the route that leads up to it is a 10-15km of tough driving where one has to dodge their way through rocks, boulders, badlands and ravines. At the end, the road descends to the ancient glacial valley called Marienfluss valley, which is one of the planet’s most beautiful sights that await only the brave-hearted.

      18) El Espinazo Del diablo, Mexico


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      El Espinazo Del diablo or ‘The devil’s backbone’ is the mountain pass in Durango, Mexico. It’s about 5 hours long, and it was the only road from Durango to Mazatlan Sinaloa for a long time. We have heard many cautionary tales about crossing the devil’s backbone, El Espinoza Del Diablo, But the road is exceptionally well maintained and there are many cautionary signs marking most of the hazards. Of course these are in Spanish, so keep an electronic translator or a dictionary, handy. Pull out spots are frequent, so you can easily stop anytime you want. There are some tight curves, too. So tight that a truck needs all of the road to make it around. These hinder potential two way traffic in these regions. However, stunning rock formations rising around you and the lush, green vistas stretching on for impossible distances make every inch of the drive breathtaking.

      19) Lysebotn Road, Norway


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      This is probably the most fun road you can travel on four wheels, and then maybe on your two legs checking out the various hiking trails leading from the area. In fact, this might be considered the most breathtaking place in Europe. It all starts with the narrow road up the steep walls of the Lysefjord, Norway. It has 27 switchbacks and a 1.1 km long tunnel at the bottom, with 3 switchbacks inside. The last 30 km of Lysebotn road is a true roller-coaster! It’s narrow but has a perfect surface, winding left and right all the time. If you happen to ride a motorcycle in Norway, then this is the road you simply cannot afford to miss!

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                 Dying Nobel Peace Prize laureate seeks freedom, treatment in U.S.   
      Liu Xiaobo
      ChinaAid

      (Shenyang, Liaoning—June 28, 2017) ChinaAid calls for the full, immediate, and unconditional release of Chinese writer, democracy advocate, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in order to honor his wish to seek medical treatment abroad.

      Liu’s lawyers and doctors confirmed on Monday that he had been
      permitted medical parole for his stage four liver cancer and is receiving treatment in China’s northeastern Liaoning province. After the prison extensively denied him adequate medical attention, Liu received his diagnosis on May 23.

      As a result of his illness, Liu has requested to travel abroad and consult prominent specialists in the United States.

      Last year, Shang Baojun, one of Liu’s lawyers, told Radio Free Asia that his client’s medical condition qualified him for medical parole, which China grants to patients whose illnesses have become critical. However, China demanded that Liu first confess his guilt, which he refused to do. Now, Liu’s wife Liu Xia says that his cancer is terminal, making it critical that he receive emergency medical attention from world-renowned specialists and providing only a narrow window of time through which to secure his freedom.

      Today, the Chinese Communist Party released a propaganda video purporting to show Liu Xiaobo performing various activities, including exercising and visiting the doctor. In it, he repeatedly says the detention center is taking good care of his health. However, his current condition testifies that this is simply a ruse to cover up the government’s abuses and that he was coerced into making such claims.

      Additionally, they said that he would not be allowed to travel abroad for treatment.

      During the mid-1980s, Liu Xiaobo garnered attention for his sharp and unique literary critiques and received a PhD in literature from Beijing Normal University in 1988. In the student democracy protests that swept China and culminated in the Tiananmen Square Massacre, Beijing Normal University became a political hotbed, and Liu Xiaobo served as a leader who pioneered a hunger strike and delivered charismatic speeches. As a result, he was jailed for nearly two years.

      Upon his release, he continued to write, concentrating his works on human rights and politics.

      Years later, Liu Xiaobo launched a petition for the government to re-examine its treatment of the massacre, for which authorities arrested him again in 1995. In 1996, he was extra-judicially sentenced to three years of forced labor for supporting Taiwan’s independence.

      From 2003-2007, Liu Xiaobo was president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center and has served as an editor of a pro-democracy magazine since the 1990s.

      The police took him into custody again in 2008 after he penned Charter 08, a petition signed by 303 Chinese intellectuals and dissidents that called for reform of China’s human rights. It was released on Dec. 10, 2008, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the U.N.’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Two days beforehand, the police seized Liu Xiaobo and charged him with “inciting subversion of state power,” of which the Beijing Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court found him guilty. He was handed an 11-year prison sentence with two years’ deprivation of political rights.

      Because of his stalwart, non-violent defense of human rights, the Nobel Committee awarded him the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize. China barred him from attending the ceremony in Oslo, where he was honored with an empty chair. Liu Xia has been under house arrest ever since the news of her husband’s award reached China and is only allowed to visit her husband once a month.

      Out of concern for his continued safety and health, ChinaAid urges the U.S. Congress, Senate, President Donald Trump, and other international politicians to continue to pressure China for the unconditional release Liu Xiaobo in order to save his life, respect his right to seek top-notch medical treatment, and allow him the opportunity to live in freedom.

      ChinaAid exposes abuses, such as those suffered by Liu Xiaobo and his wife, in order to mobilize politicians and individuals to take effective action to help the persecuted and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.


      ChinaAid Media Team
      Cell: (432) 553-1080 | Office: 1+ (888) 889-7757 | Other: (432) 689-6985
      Email: media@chinaaid.org
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                Sharp Full Screen Models FS8016 & FS8010 Launching On July 17   

      Since Foxconn bought a 66% majority stake in ailing Japanese tech brand Sharp, the Taiwanese company has made efforts to try to turn around the fortunes of Sharp. The investment...

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                Wisdom Marine to Add Secondhand Bulker   
      Taiwan’s shipping company Wisdom Marine Lines has reached an agreement to purchase a 58,000 dwt bulk carrier from Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance or nominee. The company did not unveil the name of the vessel in question, however, it said that Wisdom Marine will pay JPY 665 million (USD 5.9 million) for the unit. Under the […]
                China 'outraged' by $1.9b of US arms sales to Taiwan   
      China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $US1.42 billion ($NZ1.93b)  worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, US President Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.
                Daiichi Sankyo Pain Drug Meets Endpoint in One Phase III Trial, and Fails Another   
      Daiichi Sankyo reported mixed results from the Phase III NEUCOURSE and ALDAY clinical trials with its oral pain management candidate mirogabalin. The 14-week, placebo-controlled NEUCOURSE study in Asian patients with post-herpetic neuralgia met its primary endpoint and demonstrated that treatment using one or two doses of mirogabalin twice daily resulted in statistically significant reductions in the weekly average daily pain score (ADPS). The NEUCOURSE study involved 765 patients aged 20 years and older in Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand. The double-blind phase of the study was followed by a one-year, open-label extension. In contrast, three 13-week ALDAY trials assessing mirogabalin in the treatment of pain associated with fibromyalgia failed to meet their primary efficacy endpoint of statistically significant reductions from baseline in the weekly average of worst daily pain score. The three identical global ALDAY studies evaluated mirogabalin in over 3600 patients aged 18 years and ...
                U.S. Hardens Line On China With Bank Sanctions And Arms Sale To Taiwan   
      The Trump administration hardened its approach to China on Thursday, blacklisting a small Chinese bank over dealings with North Korea while approving more than a billion dollars in military sales to Taiwan, The Associated Press reports. The twin moves, both expected to infuriate Beijing, came ...
                6月30日(金)のつぶやき その5   

      夏の恒例となりました美術講座、今年は7月16日(日)、17日(月・祝)に開催いたします。
      43回目となる今回のテーマは「ベルギー美術」です。
      ベルギーの美の十字路にどっぷりはまってみませんか?… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 大原美術館 (@OharaMuseum) 2017年6月30日 - 11:48

      1937年(昭和12年)。東京の朝の通勤風景です。土門拳氏の撮影。3枚目は浅草でしょうか。 pic.twitter.com/T8li4x8uG2

      — 戦前~戦後のレトロ写真 (@oldpicture1900) 2016年12月31日 - 01:05

      今日の最後はイラストで。蕗谷虹児(1898-1979)です。1931年の「散歩」と1939年の「帰省」、3枚目は本人の写真です。絵はたぶんどちらも少女倶楽部の挿絵だと思います。 pic.twitter.com/zX5tmtMyHp

      — 戦前~戦後のレトロ写真 (@oldpicture1900) 2016年11月20日 - 01:21

      ママ、泣いてるの? pic.twitter.com/exo3ASH8Ld

      — ネコ画像&動画bot (@catweetga) 2017年6月30日 - 12:03

      川端龍子 《鳴門》 (山種美術館)。渦潮の迫力が大画面で迫ってくるこの作品、実は龍子は阿波の鳴門を見ておらず、神奈川県江ノ浦の写生を元に、鳴門をイメージしたそうです。約3.6kgも使われた群青の鮮やかな色彩にもご注目。(山崎) pic.twitter.com/xLUCU8NZ0Y

      — 山種美術館 (@yamatanemuseum) 2017年6月30日 - 12:04

      あの~、そこサンドバッグと違うし😪 pic.twitter.com/0TROOPpuuL

      — 猫、かわいがりすぎ! (@aluyoippai) 2017年6月30日 - 12:15

      The #BlueAngels are gearing up for the New York Air Show in New Windsor, July 1 & 2. Here are some photos from last… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — Blue Angels (@BlueAngels) 2017年6月30日 - 08:20

      自衛官募集広報ブース設置のお知らせです。
      7/9(日) ソフトバンクホークス2軍チームが、タマホームスタジアム筑後で中日戦を行います。
      当日、10時から5時までの間、ファン’sテラスミニショップ前に募集ブースを開設します。
      是非皆… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 自衛隊福岡地方協力本部 (@fukuoka_PCO) 2017年6月30日 - 10:00

      自衛隊を目指す皆さんにお知らせです。
      今年度3回目の自衛官候補生の採用試験を行います。
      対象は、海上自衛官要員の男女です。
      募集期間:7月9日(日)〜7月25日(火)採用試験:8月5日(土)
      詳しくは「福岡地本」で検索❗️ pic.twitter.com/knqpWffDbw

      — 自衛隊福岡地方協力本部 (@fukuoka_PCO) 2017年6月30日 - 10:00

      月刊エアライン8月号が本日発売です✈️特集は「パイロット&コクピット」👨‍✈️コクピット萌えの人にはたまらない写真や情報がもりだくさん(*⁰▿⁰*)連載「ヒコーキ女子の生態学」では、ブライトリングDC-3のお話をかきました。ぜひご… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 蘭木流子 (@rankiryuko) 2017年6月30日 - 10:10

      狐が死んでる!!

      って思ったら流木だった…

      マジ焦った… pic.twitter.com/wwDeUjO7KJ

      — リース軍曹 (@Dio_Morte13) 2017年6月29日 - 15:49

      「遊具になった飛行機」関連画像を見ていたらこんな豪快過ぎる滑り台が出てきた…旧ソ連圏の航空博物館らしいけど、詳しいことがよくわからない(写真の出元でも「Unknown play airplane」とあった)。機種も僕の知らない飛行… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — ウチューじん・ささき (@uchujin17) 2017年6月30日 - 02:15

      夏休みに大人気の沖縄ですが、那覇直行便を利用される方にレンタカーの割引が受けられるお得なキャンペーンも行っています。家族や友人との旅行など、ぜひご活用ください(^^♪
      ibaraki-airport.net/news/post-1295…

      — 茨城空港 (@IBR_airport) 2017年6月30日 - 10:44

      6月はLGBTプライド月間。沖縄のキャンプシールズでは「5K Color Fun Run」が開催され、レインボーカラーのパウダーを浴びながら5kmのコースを皆で楽しく走りました。(在沖米海軍艦隊活動司令部 公式FBより)… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月29日 - 14:18

      6月28日、岩国警察署主催によるセーフティ・ドライビング・スクールが開催され、米海兵隊岩国基地の住人20名が交通ルールやマナーを学び、教官と一緒に教習所のコースを走りました。(MCAS Iwakuni, Japan 公式HPより)… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月30日 - 08:46

      『在日米軍司令官および最先任上級曹長からの2017独立記念日のメッセージ』
      「7月4日は海外に駐在する軍人及び民間人にとって特別な意味を持ちます。なぜなら、この日は米国の歴史を通じてアメリカ人の勇気と犠牲を・・」
      全文はコチラ→… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月30日 - 10:08

      【週末お出掛け情報】独立記念祭@キャンプ座間
      日時:7月1日(土)11時~22時(花火は20:40から)
      場所:米陸軍キャンプ座間(神奈川県座間市)
      入門には有効な身分証が必要です。
      詳しくは→… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 在日米軍司令部(USFJ) (@USFJ_J) 2017年6月30日 - 10:49

      平成29年度富士総合火力演習(そうかえん)の応募申し込みの締切は、7月2日(日)24:00までとなっております。
      観覧をご希望で、応募申し込みがお済みでない方は、陸上自衛隊Webサイトよりご応募下さい。… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — 陸上自衛隊 (@JGSDF_pr) 2017年6月29日 - 18:00

      A takeoff to remember! A pilot with the @USAirForce’s #F22 Raptor Demonstration Team performs during @OCAirShow in… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) 2017年6月30日 - 11:00

      今日のカレーはこれに決めたでシカレー!

      航空自衛隊幹部候補生学校「大和地鶏のトロトロカレー」でシカレー

      mod.go.jp/pco/nara pic.twitter.com/f0yBSYJAtm

      — 自衛隊奈良地方協力本部@公式 (@NaraPco) 2017年6月30日 - 11:00

      今にも飛び出しそうです!博物館専用バン、素敵ですね! #航空 #航空ファン #自動車 pic.twitter.com/uaiwXCFL9z

      — 太平洋航空博物館パールハーバー (@PacAviation_J) 2017年6月30日 - 09:34

      滑走路にはたくさんの航空機がずらりと並んでいます。いい写真を撮るチャンスですよ!  #航空 #パールハーバー #博物館 pic.twitter.com/I2nDuq6xar

      — 太平洋航空博物館パールハーバー (@PacAviation_J) 2017年6月30日 - 11:20

      テストパイロットのアルビンは社長から怒られたときに「あんた。。。この機体を売りたいのか売りたくないのかどっちだ?」と言ったそうな。。。古き良き不良Pだなぁ(笑 あとNASAが翼端変えた707で音速越えるテストしたのも伝説。良い機体… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — たーか (@Jet_Driver_) 2017年6月30日 - 11:22

      ANA、欧州旅客28.9%増 17年5月、国際線利用率72.4% aviationwire.jp/archives/123113 #ANA

      — Aviation Wire (@Aviation_Wire) 2017年6月30日 - 11:24

      今週も 明日1日
      そして、6月も 明日1日
      ファントムフライデー ですね
      韓国 沖縄に移駐したファントムが里帰りして、東京で週末を過ごす。そこに、クロカンのマリンコも混ざり… 運搬業一手に担うイモは… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — たまかんち (@tamakanchi01) 2017年6月29日 - 21:37

      6/26に百里より戻った3SQのF-2#513
      「I LOVE MISAWA」 pic.twitter.com/W0hQ1V8IZu

      — なんとか (@s_x105) 2017年6月28日 - 22:41

      ANA、オプショナルツアーの「ベルトラ」と提携 海外オプション販売を拡充
      flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

      #ANA #全日空 #航空 #航空会社

      — FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年6月30日 - 11:46

      ✨新・JAPAN PROJECT~山形編~✨
      地域のすばらしさをお伝えする「新・JAPAN PROJECT」😊7月は山形を中心に特集✊🏻食、観光、キャンペーンなどの項目から、山形の魅力を紹介💕… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — JAPAN AIRLINES【JAL】 (@JAL_Official_jp) 2017年6月30日 - 11:54

      ~日月潭~ 
      “Come!Bikeday!”というイベントの様子☺

      CNNが特集しました!
      自然豊かな日月潭でサイクリング…とっても気持ちがよさそうですね。

      #ExploringTaiwan #日月潭 

      youtube.com/watch?v=yxmN7j…

      — China Airlines_JP (@ChinaairlinesJP) 2017年6月30日 - 11:54

      ボーイング、ノルウィジャンに737 MAX 8を納入 ヨーロッパ初
      flyteam.jp/news/article/8…

      #ノルウェー・エア・インターナショナル #ボーイング #ノルウェー・エアシャトル #航空 #航空会社

      — FlyTeam ニュース (@FlyTeamNews) 2017年6月30日 - 11:55
                First Country In Asia To Clear Way For Same-Sex Marriage   
      (CNN)Taiwan's top court has cleared the way for the island to recognize same-sex marriage. This picture taken on November 17, 2016 shows demonstrators against same-sex marriage protesting outside the Parliament in Taipei.
                Apple comparte fotos en su última Store desde el rascacielos Taipei 101   
      Como ya pudimos ver, gracias a numerosas fuentes sabemos donde estaría situada la próxima Apple Store en el mundo. Esta la podremos encontrar en el centro de Taipei, capital de Taiwan, concretamente en un rascacielos muy famoso del paisaje asiático: rascacielos Taipei 101. La apertura de esta nueva sede de la empresa de la manzana mordida en Asia abrirá sus puertas por primera vez este 1 de julio. A escasos

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                It&#039;s a Good Idea, but Congress Can’t Require the U.S. Navy to Make Port Calls in Taiwan   
      The Senate Armed Services Committee voted on Wednesday to send the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for 2018 to the full Senate. The bill contains a provision “re-establishing regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung, or any other suitable ports in Taiwan and permits U.S. Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan.” If carried out, this provision would represent a dramatic shift in U.S. Taiwan policy. I haven’t reviewed the actual text of the bill (only a summary is available), but I think it is worth making three important legal observations. First, no matter what the actual language of the bill states, Congress cannot, by itself, “re-establish regular ports of call” by U.S. Navy ships in Taiwan. As a constitutional matter, the power to direct and deploy U.S military assets is held exclusively by the President under his Article II Commander-in-Chief powers. This point is not entirely without controversy, but…
                China Demands Trump Administration Cancel Arms Sale to Taiwan   
      China protested Friday the Trump administration’s $1.4 billion arms sale to Taiwan as a violation of its sovereignty and demanded that the deal be cancelled....
                US plans to sell arms to Taiwan   

      WASHINGTON, D C [RAW] The United States plans to sell Taiwan $US1.42 billion ($A1.85 billion) in arms, the first such sale under the administration of Donald Trump and a move sure to anger China, whose help the president has been... Read More →

      The post US plans to sell arms to Taiwan appeared first on Echonetdaily.


                Nueva Merida Reacto: la bici más veloz de la historia de la marca   

      La marca taiwanesa ha presentado la nueva Merida Reacto, pocos días antes del arranque del Tour de Francia. Una bicicleta aerodinámica... y rápida como el viento.

      La entrada Nueva Merida Reacto: la bici más veloz de la historia de la marca aparece primero en Ciclosfera | Ciclismo urbano.


                How to Register a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)in C   
      Author: Frankxu
      Forum: Beijing
      Date: 2011-11-03

      How to Register a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)in China
      ---Professional China Company Registration in Beijing


      If you want to invest in China, you don't just turn to the relevant government departments for so many certificates and formalities, but turn to All-One. At All-One, we don't just give you tailor-made service for your need, but for your satisfaction. All-One— serving the world of business, professional and worldwide.

      1. OVERVIEW OF CHINA
      China, with a population of over 1.3 billion and a land area of 9.6 million km2 , has a potential market for business development. China’s GDP increases by double digits in the past few years, since the strong economic development enhanced by foreign demand and domestic consumption. Now more and more investors rush to China for business setup and market share in form of WFOE or joint venture, owing to China’s market, labor and policy advantages.

      2. THE CONCEPT OF WFOE
      WFOE stands for wholly foreign owned enterprise, which is a Limited liability company wholly owned by the foreign investor(s). WFOE means the foreign investors(including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) established the enterprise within Chinese territory, in accordance with 《PRC Wholly Foreign founded Enterprise Law》, with capital provided solely by the foreign investor. The foreign investors refer to the foreign enterprise, individual or partner. (Including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).
      In China, WFOE were originally conceived for encouraged manufacturing activities that were either export orientated or introduced advanced technology. However, with China's entry into the WTO, these conditions were gradually abolished and the WFOE is increasingly being used for service providers such as a variety of consulting and management services, software development and trading as well.


      3. How to choose a competitive COMPANY NAME for a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)? What's the regulations? And What kind of limitation you should know?


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      6. How much Registration Capital you should have for a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)?

      7. What's the meaning of "Preferential Policy(or Pre-approval Policy)" for WFOE in CHINA?
      Most of the preferential policies have been abolished since January 1, 2008, but for some sectors preferential policies still remain there, such as hi-tech or environmental protection sectors.

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      1: Minutes or resolution from investors board of directors
      2: One proposed name (in Chinese), and provide two alternative names in case the first name is not available.
      3: Detailed information about the business scope and registered capital;
      4: Feasibility study report;
      5: Four original articles of association signed by members of the Board and with company chop;
      6: Copy of the business license, certificate of incorporation of parent company;
      7: The original and copy of identity certification of legal representative, and two color photos; the copy of identity certification of the directors, supervisor and manager's;
      8: Two original bank reference letters (from investor's bank) indicating foreign investors' creditability, issued within 6 months in both English and Chinese translation;
      9: Lawyer's legalization or notarization and endorsed by local China Embassy or Consulate
      10: The lease of commercial office between leaser and lessee needed to be endorsed by the Housing Management Authority. The lease should be signed personally by shareholders, directors and legal representative.


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      ALL-ONE BUSINESS provides one-stop tailored-made services for foreign companies which would like to set up WFOE in China.

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                Taiwan approved for U.S. arms buy worth nearly $1.4 billion   
      June 30 (UPI) --The U.S. State Department has approved seven foreign military sales deals with Taiwan for missiles, torpedoes and other equipment worth nearly $1.4 billion. The proposed sale packages, which are expected to meet with disapproval with China ...
                Pipo Short Film Wins Viewer's Choice Award in Jamaica   

      Wazzup Pilipinas!


      A short film about a boy who wants to have his family picture taken by an old and grumpy photographer for his school assignment won the viewer's choice award during the Asian and Middle Eastern Film Night of the fifth Gatffest Film Festival in Kingston, Jamaica last June 24.

      "Pipo," which stars Maliksi Morales in the title role, bested films from Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan, in the said category of the festival. Chanel Latorre, Ramon Palencia, and Katherine Carel provide support as members of Pipo's family while award-winning actor Lou Veloso plays the role of the photographer.

      Director Richard Legaspi was among the filmmakers from 28 countries who showcased their works during the festival and also vied for awards in 14 other categories including best directing, most original screenplay and best international film. Other films which competed in the 10-day event came from Canada, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Tanzania, United States and United Kingdom, among others.

      Gatffest, initially introduced in 2013 as the Greater August Town Film Festival and hailed as "the Carribean's premier film festival," was organized by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Centre for Tourism and Policy Research.





      UWI CTPR Director and Prof. Ian Boxill pointed out that although there has been an increase in the number of Jamaican-produced films, several filmmakers still find it difficult to show their films in movie theaters and traditional media. Thus, he stressed that Gatffest remains relevant not only to local filmmakers but also to those from other countries who similarly want an outlet for securing an audience and screening their works.

      With the theme "From the Streets to the Screen," the film festival featured panel discussions, trainings and workshops in film and video production, and provided a venue for filmmakers to express themselves and to deal with issues in their respective communities.

      Through the film, Legaspi raises concerns brought about by poverty and environment-related issues and also pays tribute to manual film cameras as well as all the photographers who people often fail to acknowledge for documenting precious moments in their lives.


      "Pipo" previously won the grand prize in the professional section of AnakTV’s Sinebata (children’s films) competition, 8-12 fiction category (based on target audience). The film was produced by Red Room Media Productions through the support of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, ILLY, Università delle Idee and Cittadellarte-Fondazione Pistoletto.




      Legaspi is a Gawad Cultural Center of the Philippines awardee in 2010 and 2011, a recipient of the Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature in 2012 for his screenplay "Primera Bella" and a Cinemalaya winner and Gawad Urian nominee for his short film "Manenaya." He is a graduate of Ricky Lee’s 14th scriptwriting workshop, a directing fellow at the Asian Film Academy in Busan, South Korea, and a UNESCO Laureate and resident artist of UNIDEE.

                 India’s millennial workforce embracing flexi-work styles: Microsoft   
      One thing India’s millennial workforce values the most is flexi-work styles that enable them to be mobile professionals with a personalised way of how they work and live, a Microsoft study said. Adoption of practices and advanced technology that enable flexi-work was ranked number one reason for joining and staying in an organisation by most respondents of the study titled “Microsoft Asia Workplace 2020″. The findings suggest that 74 percent of respondents are already spending 20 percent or more of their time working outside of the office. The study was conducted between February and March 2017 and involved 4,175 respondents in 14 Asia markets including India, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan,
                Taiwan arms sale, North Korea sanctions outrage Beijing in test of US-China ties under Trump - Washington Post   

      Washington Post

      Taiwan arms sale, North Korea sanctions outrage Beijing in test of US-China ties under Trump
      Washington Post
      BEIJING — Call it President Trump's hamburger diplomacy. On Friday, U.S. Ambassador Terry Branstad, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and a clutch of American cattlemen in 10-gallon hats gathered at a chic hotel in Beijing to sip champagne and ...
      China Sanguine as Trump-Xi 'Bromance' Sours Over North Korea, TaiwanU.S. News & World Report
      China demands US nix $1.4B arms deal with TaiwanCBS News
      China Is Still Protecting North Korea From Donald TrumpNewsweek
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                JC International adds Kaohsiung service from July 2017   

      Cambodian carrier JC International Airlines starting next month is adjusting service to Taiwan, as the airline schedules Phnom Penh – Kaohsiung route launch. Operating twice a week, the airline’s A320 aircraft will operate this route from 10JUL17.

      QD716 PNH1505 – 1910KHH 320 14
      QD715 KHH2010 – 2300PNH 320 14

      The airline’s overall service to Taipei will be reduced from 7 to 5 weekly, including 4 weekly Phnom Penh – Taipei Taoyuan and 1 weekly Phnom Penh – Siem Reap – Taipei Taoyuan.


                Mãe e filhas: o segredo das taiwanesas que parecem jovens a vida inteira   
      Quando o assunto envolve envelhecimento, uma das maiores preocupações nesse âmbito é relacionada à aparência – e o número de tratamentos anti-idade disponíveis no mercado não nos deixa mentir. As mulheres que você vai conhecer agora, no entanto, parecem não envelhecer nunca, e você vai ficar feliz ao saber que o segredo delas é mais simples do que qualquer tratamento estético. [...]
                Short-Sleeve Printed T-Shirt   
      Brand from Taiwan: MR.PARK. Color: Gray, Materials: Cotton, Size: M: Total Length: 68cm / 26.8″, Chest: 92cm / 36.2″, Shoulder Width: 37cm / 14.6″, Sleeve Width: 17cm / 6.7″, Sleeve Length: 20cm / 7.9″, Hem Width: 48cm / 18.9″, L: Total Length: 70cm / 27.6″, Chest: 96cm / 37.8″, Shoulder Width: 39cm / 15.4″, Sleeve Width: 18cm / 7.1″, Sleeve...
                Obat Tradisional Untuk Penderita Kolesterol Tinggi Halal   
      Obat Tradisional Untuk Penderita Kolesterol Tinggi Halal - Salam sehat, kabar baik untuk anda penderita penyakit kolesterol tinggi dan ingin tau cara alami menurunkan kadar kolesterol tersebut yang tentunya di barengi juga dengan pola hidup sehat serta olah raga, jelly gamat gold g dapat menjadi jawaban untuk anda.

      Obat Penurun Kolesterol Herbal Jelly Gamat Gold G.

      Kolesterol pada dasarnya merupakan sesuatu yang di butuhkan oleh tubuh kita sebagai pembangun energi, namun apa yang terjadi bila tumbuhnya kolesterol terlalu tinggi sehingga menyebabkan kegemukan ? tentunya akan sangat berbahaya bahkan dapat menimbulkan timbulnya berbagai jenis penyakit seperti darah tinggi atau bahkan stroke.

      Untuk menurunkan kolesterol tinggi tersebut jelly gamat gold g dapat menjadi solusi tepat dan jawaban untuk anda yang mana obat herba berbentuk jelly dengan warna bening dan rasa yang tawar tersebut terbuat dari teripang laut atau gamat laut yang kaya akan protein, zat gizi dan asam amino serta  baik untuk pemeliharaan kesehatan serta daya tahan tubuh.
      Berdasarkan hasil riset Hsi-Hsien Liu. Periset National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, Meneliti efek penurunan lemak alias hipolipidemik karena senyawa glikosaminoglikan. Senyawa itu terkandung dalam teripang Metriatyla scabra. Glikosaminoglikan alias GAGs teripang mengandung asam heksosamin dan heksuronat. Percobaan selanjutnya dilakukan terhadap tikus winstar berbobot 5 g, 10 g, 15 g, dan 20 g. Tikus-tikus itu diberi 1% kolesterol selama 6 pekan sehingga total kolesterol, LDL, dan bobot hati meningkat. Kemudian tikus-tikus itu diberikan 20 mg glikosaminoglikan per kg bobot tubuh. Efeknya total kolesterol, LDL dan indeks atherogenik turun; HDL meningkat. Selain itu GAGs terbukti mencegah peningkatan trigliserida, kolesterol dan fosfolipid dalam hati. Sterol yang terdapat didalam teripang juga menurunkan kolesterol. Zat itu menghadang penyerapan kolesterol pada pembuluh darah manusia sebanyak 15%.
      Menurut Delianis yang meneliti teripang sejak tahun 1994, menyebutkan “makan teripang akan meningkatkan HDL. Teripang mengandung omega 3 dan omega 6 yang membantu meningkatkan pembakaran energi dan metabolisme sel serta menurunkan kolesterol, lipoprotein densitas rendah (LDL) alias kolesterol buruk, dan trigliserida”.
      Bila ada pengobatan alami yang lebih efektif dan aman mengapa tidak anda coba ? Pesan sekarang juga dan rasakan khasiat serta manfaatnya. 
      http://obatkistacoklatalami.blogspot.com/p/bagi-anda-yang-berminat-untuk-membeli.html

       Pesan sekarang juga
      Pembayaran setelah barang sampai

      Demikianlah ulasan dan juga kajian singkat yang dapat kami berikan untuk anda mengenai obat tradisional untuk penderita kolesterol tinggi halal jelly gamat gold g yang semoga dapat memberikan banyak manfaat untuk anda, semoga lekas sembuh dan atas kunjungannya ke blog kami saya ucapkan banyak terima kasih,

                Obat Tradisional Untuk Penderita Kolesterol Tinggi Halal   
      Obat Tradisional Untuk Penderita Kolesterol Tinggi Halal - Salam sehat, kabar baik untuk anda yang memiliki masalah dengan tingginya kolesterol serta ingin lekas menurunkan kolesterol tersebut, jelly gamat gold g dapat menjadi solusi tepat untuk anda yang mana selain efektif tentunya juga sangat aman di konsumsi.

      Obat Tradisional Kolesterol Tinggi Jelly Gamat Gold G Halal di Konsumsi.

      Obat Tradisional Untuk Penderita Kolesterol Tinggi Halal
      Kolesterol pada dasarnya bukan suatu masalah bagi anda, namun bila tingginya kadar kolesterol yang anda miliki tentunya akan menjadi masalah tertentu karena memang tingginya kada kolesterol dapat memicu timbulnya berbagai jenis penyakit lain yang mengerikan seperti darah tinggi, stroke, sakit jantung dan lain lain.

      Nah untuk menurunkan kadar kolesterol tersebut, jelly gamat gold g dapat menjadi solusi tepat untuk anda yang mana obat herbal berbentuk jelly dengan warna bening dan rasa yang tawar tersebut terbuat dari ekstrak teripang laut atau gamat laut yang kami ambil dari jenis terbaik yaitu strichopus variegetus.

      Berdasarkan hasil riset Hsi-Hsien Liu. Periset National Chung-Hsing University, Taiwan, Meneliti efek penurunan lemak alias hipolipidemik karena senyawa glikosaminoglikan. Senyawa itu terkandung dalam teripang Metriatyla scabra. Glikosaminoglikan alias GAGs teripang mengandung asam heksosamin dan heksuronat. Percobaan selanjutnya dilakukan terhadap tikus winstar berbobot 5 g, 10 g, 15 g, dan 20 g. Tikus-tikus itu diberi 1% kolesterol selama 6 pekan sehingga total kolesterol, LDL, dan bobot hati meningkat. Kemudian tikus-tikus itu diberikan 20 mg glikosaminoglikan per kg bobot tubuh. Efeknya total kolesterol, LDL dan indeks atherogenik turun; HDL meningkat. Selain itu GAGs terbukti mencegah peningkatan trigliserida, kolesterol dan fosfolipid dalam hati. Sterol yang terdapat didalam teripang juga menurunkan kolesterol. Zat itu menghadang penyerapan kolesterol pada pembuluh darah manusia sebanyak 15%.
      Menurut Delianis yang meneliti teripang sejak tahun 1994, menyebutkan “makan teripang akan meningkatkan HDL. Teripang mengandung omega 3 dan omega 6 yang membantu meningkatkan pembakaran energi dan metabolisme sel serta menurunkan kolesterol, lipoprotein densitas rendah (LDL) alias kolesterol buruk, dan trigliserida”.
      Selain dengan konsumsi jelly gamat gold g, mengatur pola makan dan juga olahraga secara teratur tetap harus di lakukan. Pesan sekarang juga dan rasakan khasiat serta manfaatnya.

      http://obatkistacoklatalami.blogspot.com/p/bagi-anda-yang-berminat-untuk-membeli.html

      Pesan sekarang juga
      Pembayaran setelah barang sampai

      Demikianlah ulasan dan juga kajian singkat yang dapat kami berikan untuk anda mengenai obat tradisional untuk penderita kolesterol tinggi halal jelly gamat gold g yang semoga dapat memberikan banyak manfaat untuk anda, semoga lekas sembuh dan atas kunjungannya ke blog kami saya ucapkan banyak terima kasih.

                Energy Consumption and Economic Growth: Further Evidence from Taiwan   
      This paper investigates the nonlinear relationship between energy consumption and GDP in Taiwan. By applying the method of Gonzalo and Pitarakis (2006), we consider the possibility of significant threshold effects within the long-run relationship between the two variables, where the effect is trigged by changes in the phase of the business cycle. The Granger-causality test in a threshold model indicates the relationship between energy consumption and GDP is regime-dependent. A bidirectional relationship between these two variables is observed in the contractionary regime, implying that energy serves as an engine of economic growth and that reductions in energy use will have adverse effects on economic activities. On the other hand, a unidirectional causality running from GDP to energy consumption is detected in the expansionary regime. It indicates energy conservation is feasible in this regime with little or no detrimental effects on economic growth. The policy implications are that energy use and economic growth are jointly reinforcing each other during recessionary periods. However, in periods of high economic growth when energy consumption cannot bring about economic growth, energy conservation policies should be adopted with more aggressive thinking.
                ไต้หวันรุกตลาดเครื่องจักรอัจฉริยะไทย   
      ไต้หวันส่งทัพหลวงด้านอุตสาหกรรม ชูธง Taiwan Excellence เข้าร่วมงาน Assembly & Automation Technology 2017 แสดงศักยภาพรางวัลยอดเยี่ยมด้านเครื่องจักกลอัจฉริยะ หวังมาสยายปีกการตลาดในไทยเพื่อให้ก้าวเดินของอุตสาหก
                Cruising for a partner   
      In search of the merger to end all mergers
      TAKE-OVERS, mergers, acquisitions, consolidation. Call it what you like. The cruise industry is abuzz with likely changes (so what else is new!) that could radically alter the industry’s balance. Principal among them, of course, is the circling of P&O Princess by Carnival Corp (CC) and Royal Caribbean (RCCL), but P&O may not be the only prey.

      Star Cruises, the world’s number-four cruise line and perhaps soon to be number three, has already opened the door to a potential merger. In truth, what appears to be a dramatic shake-out is merely another phase in the metamorphosis of a relatively young industry that is still defining itself and being defined by consumers.

      The world’s three largest cruise companies may have to wait for the better part of a year before anti-trust regulators on either side of the Atlantic work through the details of both deals and make their decisions.

      The possible permutations stemming from the hands already on the table are many, but the general consensus among industry analysts is that both CC and RCL will at least wait to see what the regulators say. The proposed $7Bn RCL-P&O merger has already been approved by Germany’s hard-line regulators, giving the company a fillip as it awaits word from authorities in Britain and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Carnival’s $5.4Bn bid must be approved by both the FTC and EU.

      The ultimate outcome is clouded by some of the personal dynamics involved. Carnival chair Micky Arison’s Israeli father Ted founded the company, and the family controls 47 per cent of the stock. The Arison family’s intense rivalry with that of fellow Israeli shipping magnate Eyal Ofer may extend to stymieing his bid for a share of the world cruise crown. Ofer and Hyatt Corp chair Thomas Pritzker’s Cruise Associates would own more than 12 per cent of any RCL-P&O combination.

      As Florida-based cruise analyst Murray Markin of Strategic Decisions observes, "So much of the industry these days is about personalities. An ability to get along is part of the mix. It’s the oil and water factor. It’s not just pure business any more."

      Some P&O shareholders are also wary of Cruise Associates’ ally and fellow RCL director Arne Wilhelmsen, whose Oslo-based shipping and investment company, Anders Wilhelmsen & Co, would hold almost as much stock in a cruise merger. The three men would wield 24.25 per cent of voting power – just 0.75 per short of the clout to veto proposals requiring the standard 75 per cent shareholder approval. Fellow RCL director John Chandris, through Archinav Holdings, would control 1.95 per cent of merged stock and has indicated he would back the other big three RCL players in any vote.

      The current consolidation battle has given other lines cause to evaluate their relative positions and that of the industry as a whole. Mark S Conroy, chair of the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) and president/CEO of Florida-located luxury operator Radisson Seven Seas Cruises, told Fairplay: "The consolidation issue has no real immediate impact on me at Radisson, but I do have some concerns. Consolidation may produce such big players that they’ll think they become the cruise industry almost by default, which makes it hard for everyone else to get their message across."

      Conroy does worry about market power: "If you have a bigger share of the market, you can also affect the travel agency distribution system. You can approach a big group and say ‘If you deal with Radisson we’ll hurt you.’ You have to be careful about hurting the industry because the cruise industry is not like air travel [in the US] where people have to take planes. Nobody has to take a cruise. If they don’t like what’s on offer, they’ll do something else with their money. They’ll visit Disney or travel to Europe."

      Travel agents are adopting a wait-and-see attitude, having been the meat in the sandwich before when some cruise lines spat them out because they did not like the taste of returns. In the week before last September’s terrorist attacks in the US, Carnival unilaterally slashed in half the agents’ commission on the air leg of cruise packages, calling it "a positive move since… commissions are the biggest component of expense that impacts the bottom line." Other cruise lines followed suit. Post-September 11, the cruise companies changed their tune and were wooing the agents with new, incentive-based commissions to try to generate business in a spooked market.

      It is no secret that many agents feel used and squeezed by cruise companies. There are now fewer than 25,000 full-service travel agencies in the US, down from 35,000 a few years ago.

      Mark Conroy, wearing his hat as CLIA chair, says the cruise industry has to be careful not to let consolidation hurt agents. "We need to treat them more professionally and help ourselves by helping them make more money. The agents are important to us because they’re putting more fish in the pond. We [the cruise lines] are just a feeder on the rim. They’re growing the pie if you like."

      Bill Leiber, senior VP sales and marketing for Florida-based ultra-luxury operator Silversea Cruises, is not only unfazed by consolidation, but sees benefits for the industry in the way products are sold.

      What we’re seeing is a merger of brands and elements in the distribution channel," he told Fairplay. "We seem to be heading towards much more opportunity for a kind of dealership concept whereby agents are committed to one company." That would mean commission benefits for an agent who specialises in selling only one cruise company’s brands. Commissions could be linked to productivity levels per brand. "They’ll become knowledge-based experts who’ll be true consultants," says Leiber.

      "It’s so damned competitive now," he sighs. "Each brand has its own identity. Some brand uniqueness may disappear, but I’m not concerned about consolidation. That’s the way the world operates. If customers don’t want to be required to go with the flow and they want uniqueness, they’ll go to individualised companies which is the way we’ve positioned ourselves."

      Leiber sees it "a bit like the entertainment industry. You’ve got your major studios and you’ve got your megaplexes [multi-screen cinema outlets] showing mass appeal films like a Robocop 2, but there’s still a market for films for independent thinkers."

      Agents are not the only cruise players feeling shivers from the winds of consolidation. Some nations in the Caribbean, the regional economy of which has become heavily cruise-reliant, felt nervous after what they perceived as some cruise companies’ knee-jerk reactions post-September 11. One veteran Caribbean port authority manager who did not wish to be named told Fairplay: "They were pretty quick to try to cut corners and screw [Caribbean] ports on charges and schedules and that left an unpleasant taste in some people’s mouths."

      Asked what effect cruise line consolidation may have on his region, such as rationalised port calls, he said: "These guys already act like the Florida Mafia the way they push their weight around so it’s only going to make them worse. Our politicians go knocking on their doors in Miami, looking for crumbs off the table, so who knows how they’ll divide the scraps if they get any bigger?"

      Star Cruises, the world’s number-four cruise company, appears decidedly relaxed about consolidation. Indeed, the Malaysian-based company believes if it were swept up in the consolidation current, it would give the company greater flexibility and more opportunities. Chief operating officer Chong Chee Tut says: "If somebody knocks on our door with the right offer, we will be interested." But he quickly points out that there has been no active interest thus far. The company still bears bruises from its 2000 brush with Carnival. The two tussled in January of that year for control of Oslo-based NCL Holdings, parent of Norwegian Cruise Line. In the end, Carnival pulled out and Star had to borrow almost $800M to finance the take-over.

      The 19-ship Star group, also including Orient Lines, is controlled by Kuala Lumpur’s Genting leisure conglomerate, headed by self-made billionaire Lim Goh Tong, which has global tentacles in the casino, hotel and resort industries. Its business, heavily Asia-focused, has accumulated $38M in net losses in the past two years (mostly in 2000), which included the acquisition of Norwegian Cruise Line. It has cut salaries, centralised back office functions and squeezed capital expenditure as part of "necessary measures" to turn the company around. It also wound back loss-making operations in Japan and Taiwan and will add a second ship, Norwegian Wind, to the growing Hawaii market this year.

      A UK daily newspaper reported in early February that Carnival might try to acquire Star as a fallback position if its bid for P&O fails, postulating that regulators probably will not okay both deals. An unidentified analyst was quoted as saying it "would be a great wrecking strategy for Carnival" and would "frighten the regulators". A Carnival-Star bloc would deliver 62 ships and 84,000 berths, which compares with Carnival’s proposed P&O embrace, which would produce 54 ships and 81,000 berths.

      Radisson’s Mark Conroy does not underestimate Carnival. "Consolidation is all about adding value. Carnival’s acquisition of Holland [America Line] is a good example. Holland has boomed. Carnival has also grown Costa. But Carnival is not a fixer. It doesn’t have a great track record picking up troubled lines. It’s not a great turnaround company."

      Cruise analyst Murray Markin believes there is little room for much more consolidation after discounting the big three (CC, RCL & P&O). "There’s really not that much left, although you never know what Micky [Arison] is going to do. Maybe Carnival will go back after NCL. Maybe Radisson, but I doubt it. Who knows?

      The reasons for consolidation are picking up brand values and/or lessening competition. The current battle doesn’t change the balance much. It’s not about getting more ships. It’s just nice not to have another competitor. I think RCL will have less opportunity to grow through diversification. Looking at the bigger picture, some of the smaller operators [in the US] could be in trouble in a consolidation environment," says Markin.

      One cruise company senior executive told Fairplay: "Silversea is one to watch. They are going to have to ask themselves if they’re going to be a business." Controlled by the Lefebvre family in Rome, former Sitmar Cruises owners, the Fort Lauderdale-based company trimmed its sails in the post-September 11 environment, shedding ten per-cent of its shore-side workers, outsourcing some in-house services and mothballing one of its four ships until 2003. The Silver Wind is being refurbished in Genoa and will resume service next March, operating in Asia.

      Overshadowing all talk of consolidation, year 2001 continues to weigh heavily upon the industry. As one US cruise company publicist told Fairplay, "Nobody would be foolish enough to look too far ahead any more after what happened on September 11. It made us realise we’re all more vulnerable than we could ever have thought – and that means we still are."
                China Urges U.S. to Immediately Halt $1.4. Billion Arms Sales to Taiwan   
      Chinese officials have urged the United States to immediately halt its $1.42 billion of planned..
                Impact of Facebook Ads on Taiwan Market Analysis and Forecast    
      (EMAILWIRE.COM, June 30, 2017 ) This report aims to identify the impact of Facebook ads on Taiwan online users based on a survey conducted by Publisher in the first half of 2016. With an effective sample size of 1,200, this report analyzes the impact by users' gender, age and annual income; examines...
                Nadie puede creer que esta Madre y sus Hijas de 60 y 40 años luzcan como quinceañeras (FOTOS)   

      Nadie puede creer que esta Madre y sus Hijas de 60 y 40 años luzcan como quinceañeras (FOTOS)

      Ya te habíamos presentado a Lure Hsu anteriormente, la mujer taiwanesa de 41 años que parece de 18 (o menos)… ¡Pero no conocíamos a su madre y a sus hermanas! Resulta que sus familiares también parecen unas jovencitas, a pesar de que tienen 63, 40 y 36 años… ¡Esto es una locura! Si vas de fiesta con tus amigos (todos unos quinceañeros), y te encuentras con estas tres chicas, es seguro que de inmediato se lancen para ligar con ellas, sin imaginar siquiera la edad que realmente tienen. Pero esto no es todo… Lure es la chica de la derecha, y ya

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                امریکہ کے تائیوان کو ہتھیارفروخت پرچین نے مخالفت کی   

      US arms sale to Taiwan violated Florida consensus, China

      واشنگٹن (رائٹر) :امریکہ میں مامور چینی سفیر نے تائیوان کو ہتھیارفروخت اور کچھ چینی کمپنیوں کے خلاف پابندی عائد کرنے سمیت حالیہ کچھ کارروائیوں پر سخت رد عمل کا اظہار کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ ان سے دو طرفہ تعلقات متاثر ہوں گے۔
      چینی سفیر کئی تیان کائی نے واشنگٹن میں واقع سفارت خانے میں صحافیوں کو بتایا کہ اس سے صدر ڈونالڈ ٹرمپ اور صدر شی جن پنگ کے درمیان اپریل میں فلوریڈا چوٹی کانفرنس کے جذبے پر بھی منفی اثر پڑے گا۔
      انہوں نے کہا”اور یہ عمل چینی کمپنیوں کے خلاف پابندیوں اور خاص طور پر تائیوان سے ہتھیاروں کی فروخت سے ، یقینی طور پر دونوں ممالک کے درمیان باہمی اعتماد کمزور ہو گا“۔

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                Rossini ouvertures   

      10/07/17

      Teatro romano di Ostia Antica

      Coreografia e regia  Mauro Astolfi

      danzatori Fabio Cavallo, Alice Colombo, Maria Cossu, Giovanni La Rocca, Mario Laterza, Giuliana Mele, Caterina Politi, Giacomo Todeschi, Serena Zaccagnini

      musiche Gioachino Rossini

      disegno luci  Marco Policastro

      set concept  Mauro Astolfi, Marco Policastro

      realizzazione scene  Filippo Mancini/CHIEDISCENA Scenografia

      costumi  Verdiana Angelucci

      assistente coreografa  Alessandra Chirulli

      comunicazione e ufficio stampa  Antonino Pirillo

      Una produzione Spellbound realizzata con il Contributo del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e del Turismo in collaborazione con il Comune di Pesaro e AMAT


      Dopo le numerose presenze nei maggiori teatri e festival internazionali e reduce da una prestigiosa tournée asiatica (a Taiwan per l’inaugurazione del National Taichung Theater e in Giappone nell’ambito della Triennale di Tokyo con il progetto LA MODE diretto da Tomoko Mukaiyama), Spellbound Contemporary Ballet è di scena con lo spettacolo ROSSINI OUVERTURES che ha debuttato in prima mondiale al Teatro Rossini di Pesaro.

      Rossini Ouvertures celebra la figura artistica e umana di Gioachino Rossini di cui, nel 2018, ricorreranno i 150 anni dalla morte. Al suo illustre concittadino, Pesaro, città della Musica, con il suo conservatorio e teatro storico, ha dedicato un ricchissimo calendario di attività artistiche, musicali e letterarie tese a onorare la vita e l’attività artistica del geniale compositore; tra queste si è inserito lo spettacolo creato da Mauro Astolfi a cui la città di Pesaro, insieme al Teatro Rossini, partecipa come co-produttore.


                Agoda: 6% to 8% off worldwide hotels for UOB cardmembers from 1 – 31 Jul 2017   


      Enjoy great savings at Agoda.com with UOB cards. 8%* OFF HOTEL BOOKINGS in Australia and Taiwan. 6% off worldwide hotels...read more @SINGPROMOS.COM
                Wood Rondelle Beads Mauve Pink, 8mm x 4mm eco-friendly wooden beads (839R) by RiverSongBeads   

      3.95 USD

      Wood Rondelle Beads

      Details:
      color: mauve pink
      bead size: 8mm x 4mm
      approx hole size: 2mm
      shape: hand-cut rondelle
      Quantity: 16 inch strand (aprox. 100 - 110 beads)

      I love the color and simple style of these beads.
      These have been dyed using a mauve pink non-toxic stain. I love that it still allows some of the natural wood grains to show through. A wax finish coat adds a smooth polish and subtle sheen. Better yet, these beads are made from a sustainable wood source. They are cultivated from the fast-growing Taiwanese Cheesewood. YAY eco-friendly!

      Due to the handcrafted nature of the beads, size, shape and colors may vary slightly.

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                The 6th annual edition of HGH India starts from July 4-6 2017   


      by Shrutee K/DNS



      Mumbai : HGH India 2017, the annual trade show for Home Textiles, Home Décor, Gifts & Houseware is all set to bring Indian & International brands, manufacturers and distribution partners together from 4th -  6th July for its 6th edition at the Bombay Exhibition Centre, Mumbai, India.  The trade show provides a focused marketing platform for designer, branded and mass produced goods, enabling the sellers reach out to retailers, distributors and institutional buyers across India. The sourcing options and innovations in home textiles, home décor, houseware and gifts category continue to grow at the HGH India 2017. The exhibition for the first time has added a new category of cleaning & hygiene products to their ever growing list of exhibitors.

      HGH India 2016 had over 400 brands and received 25,140 high potential trade buyers including retailers, wholesalers, distributors, importers from 422 cities and towns from all over India. These professional buyers come for their annual sourcing requirement, to find new business opportunities, and to understand upcoming fashion, business and market trends in the home category. With a track record of five successful editions, HGH India has firmly established its position as India’s leading trade show for home textiles, home décor, houseware and gifts categories with clear focus on India’s domestic market growing rapidly at 20-25% per annum.

      With over 500 leading Indian and International brands which will showcase their new designs and collections, HGH India’s 6th edition will be biggest ever edition of this trade show. With products from over 30 countries across all categories like home textiles, furnishing fabrics, home décor products like wall papers, blinds, rugs and floor coverings, fragrances, spa products, handicrafts; houseware products like cookware, tableware, kitchenware, kitchen appliances, cleaning, health & hygiene, storage and outdoor products and a variety of innovative gift products. With presence of several market leaders, well-known international and Indian brands and inspiring innovations from handmade and machine-made manufacturing sectors, HGH India has firmly established its position as India’s leading trade show in this segment.
      Several leading brands would be leveraging HGH India to launch their new products and innovations to the trade. Apart from regular exhibitors, HGH India 2017 will witness over 100 new exhibitors which will include country pavilions from China, Turkey and Taiwan besides individual exhibitors from countries like Australia, Japan, Thailand, Italy, France, Belgium, Germany, UK, USA, and Canada.
      HGH India has taken a major initiative to forecast well researched home fashion Trends  for 2017-18 for the Indian domestic market. Presented under theme “Across Time” these trends will be showcased through Trends Pavilion and a comprehensive trend book. Visitors will be able to discover future trends in colours, designs and materials at HGH India 2017.

      About HGH India: HGH India, the annual trade show for Home Textiles, Home Décor, Gifts & Houseware is organised by Texzone Information Services Pvt. Ltd. The trade show is specially designed to connect Indian market for home products and gifts. High quality trade visitors at HGH India comprise of all categories of retailers.  They include department stores, hyper markets, specialty stores, high-end luxury stores and boutiques, traditional store owners, and online and electronic medium retailers. Institutional buyers, corporate gift buyers, interior designers, prospective agents and franchisees too come in large numbers. Besides these, leading Indian importers, distributors, buying agents and brand representatives attend HGH India to explore new business opportunities and partnerships.

                hot and cold die chamber casting water Chiller - Surat, India   
      Product Description: Unit adopts Germany BITZER or Taiwan HANBELL brand semi-hermetic screw compressor. The latest 5 to 6 patented screw rotor profile with excellent efficiency. Adjustable infinite or closely stepped capacity cont...
                RayRay - Reincarnation EP   

      Debuting on Hotslice Records - RayRay hits the scene with a massive Bass infused EP by the name of ‘Reincarnation’. This three-track production holds a variety of sounds - beginning with ‘Marijade’ which is an energetic Trap banger which will get all Hip-Hop heads excited. Following, is ‘Put it in The’ featuring Dinpei. which pays tribute to some bubbly Bass House vibes - and finally ‘SOSSS’ which ends the EP with some dark Moombahton vibes.
       
      Taipei based producer RayRay works as a resident DJ at a couple of the biggest clubs in Taiwan. Meanwhile she teams with friends in the studio to create trippy Hip-Hop and Future Bass bangers with a Technicolor touch. She’s competed in DJ tournaments in Asia and Canada, having won the Red BullThre3style national championship in Taiwan in 2013. RayRay aso recorded with many Taipei producers but more notably with the one and only Skrillex which goes to show that she is grabbing the attention of some of the biggest names in the game.
       
      Make sure you stay tuned for more music from RayRay!

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                US China Relations at Risk in Taiwan Deal   

      Earlier on Thursday, China protested to Washington after a US Senate committee approved a bill calling for the resumption of port visits to Taiwan by the US Navy for the first time since 1979. In December, breaking the diplomatic embargo between Washington and Taipei, President Donald Trump accepted a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s leader, […]

      The post US China Relations at Risk in Taiwan Deal appeared first on Live Trading News.


                童話村有機渡假農場   
      童話村附近景點多且近,許多人住3~5個晚上,體驗有機生活,享受休閒體驗幸福趣。住童話村可餵魚喝ㄋㄟㄋㄟ+摸蜆抓大肚魚&黑殼蝦,四季不同採果樂(春:發現桑果樂,採蠶寶寶桑椹季,6月訪獨角仙,夏:找稻幸福趣:割稻子、曬稻子、碾米體驗、與向日葵共舞,採葵瓜子、龍眼、控窯體驗,秋(輕騎採洛神):波斯菊花田、洛神花季,冬(棗到吉利,臘月詢尋梅趣):金棗、蔥蒜、臘梅)及享用豐富的有機海陸不老鍋喔~腳踏車暢遊梅花湖看水舞表演,晚上暢遊羅東夜市吃遍宜蘭特色小吃,讓您處處驚喜又驚訝,期待大家的到來,並帶著滿滿的回憶回家喔~ 童話村有機渡假農場. Fairy Story Village Qrganic Farm 預約電話:03-9613385,0932090003 地址:宜蘭縣冬山鄉廣興村梅花路300號(羅東夜市&梅花湖小熊書房旁) ADD: No.300, Meihua Rd., Dongshan Township, Yilan County 269, Taiwan (R.O.C.) GPS:煩請進去冬山鄉找廣興國小,設定廣興國小較快且不會繞小路喔
                Does Board Supervisory Quality Enhance Corporate Social Performance?-Evidence from Taiwanese Listed Firms   

      This study uses Taiwanese public firms as a sample to examine if board supervisory quality enhances CSP. The present study uses four proxies for supervisory quality of board at group level: board meeting attendance rate, number of board meetings, social capital of the board and average training hours of directors. We obtain 348 CSR data from an international CSR rating agent and match them with double size non-CSR firms. We find that CSR firms exhibit significantly higher board attendance rate, board meeting frequency and board social capital than non-CSR firms. For CSR firms, board attendance rate and board meeting frequency positively impact CSR ratings, implying that board diligence is essential to monitoring management to achieve higher social objectives. However, board social capital and training significantly but negatively impact CSP, implying busy board and inexperienced board detriments CSP.

      Board success in CSR means directors must be passionate about the issues on CSR. Additionally, firms that are behind social agenda need to recruit resourceful directors to diversify information base for advises about stakeholder issues and trends. Firms that have taken steps in CSR activities should not recruit overly busy directors or inexperienced directors. Our paper provides both theoretical and practical implications.


                The Foreign Exchange Exposures and Enterprise Risk Management: Evidence from Hospitality Industry in Taiwan   

      This paper adopts ARIMA model to explore the relationship between business performance and the fluctuation of exchange rate. The empirical results show that the impacts of the fluctuation of foreign exchange rate on the business performance of hotels are significant and different across currencies and the size of a hotel.  Furthermore, based on the framework of Kim (2013), a modern portfolio theory proposed by Markowitz (1952) gives an optimal allocation of foreign exchange for a hotel’s decision-makers, who would avoid exchange rate risk exposure and complete the construction of enterprise risk management system (ERM) to reduce losses.


                YeSung fala sobre a longevidade e o relacionamento entre os membros do Super Junior em fanmeeting em Taiwan   
      YeSung completou com sucesso suas primeiras promoções individuais em Taiwan. Ele visitou Taipei nos dias 01 e 02 de junho para as promoções de “Spring Falling”. Os 1.100 ingressos para os fanmeetings no Show Box se esgotaram em 3 minutos. …
                Powerful typhoon approaching Japanese islands, Taiwan   
      A powerful typhoon was bearing down on south-western Japanese islands and Taiwan Monday with authorities warning of strong winds, high waves and heavy rain. More than 300 residents evacuated their homes on the islands of Yonaguni and Ishigaki and about 100 households lost electricity in the region, the local Ryukyu Shimpo newspaper reported.
                U.S. plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms   
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                adidas Skateboarding en Taiwan   

      Dennis Busenitz, Rodrigo TX, Silas Baxter-Neal, Nestor Judkins y Dennis Durrant pateando por Taiwan mientras filmaban para el Away Days.

      La entrada adidas Skateboarding en Taiwan aparece primero en PATINETA Skate.


                 【臺灣】臺灣關係法全球化行動的天時地利   
      未來,臺灣的確有可能進行重新開國的制憲公投,有了這些特殊國與國關係的國際支撐,這個公民自決的行動會有國際承認的基礎。 臺灣未來到底怎麼走?在巴拿馬斷交後,一個重大的議題。許多政治人物紛紛表態,都很難得到認同。問題真的不在臺灣到底要與中國產生什麼關係,而是臺灣要與世界建構什麼鏈結。臺灣與中國之間,暫時無解,不論是否維持現狀,都不可能有答案。中共不斷破壞臺灣的出路,是不可能停止的,中華民國的邦交國是有可能面臨個位數,雖然不會在最近,可是將來的確有這個趨勢。那麼臺灣要怎麼辦? 一個可能的答案是,臺灣應利用三十八年來存在的美臺模式,極大化,在全球重要的國家進行臺灣關係法的立法,不只是美國有臺灣關係法,至少讓全球半數GDP國家,都在他們的國內法中,以美國的臺灣關係法為範本,進行立法,強化他們對臺灣存在的肯定與確保。這是一個巨大的全球行動,可以發動各國友臺的國際NGO與政治勢力,在他們可影響的國家進行立法的遊說。日本是最明顯的案例,也是近期內有可能立法成功的國家,其忚還有至少十個國家有此可能,都需要用心努力去爭取。 也就是臺灣在中華民國被斷交的過程,以臺灣為名,在世界各主要國家,建立非邦交的信賴保護關係,可是這些都與美國的臺灣關係法一樣,屬於這些國家的國內法,不是以外交以及國際法或國與國之間的條約關係來建立,而是單邊立法,由這些國家立法,確認臺灣的存續符合他們國家在亞太的利益,對於臺灣以民主自由人權法治的現狀持續成為一個國際參與者,對於他們的國家具有實質的利益。這些國家既然主動給臺灣人民旅行免簽,就表示忚們很清楚臺灣的實力與中國的分別,而且這個分別是有利於他們國家的重大利益。 李登輝前總統在任時,主張臺灣與中國之間,應該建立特殊國與國的關係,其實這是臺海之間最好的模式,可是中共否決了。現在看來這個特殊國與國關係其實已存在了三十八年,也就是臺灣關係法所建構的美臺關係,雖不是正式的外交關係,卻是一個特殊的國與國之間的超穩定結構,由於這是美國的國內法,所以美臺之間,沒有建交或斷交的問題。臺灣如果也能夠單邊立法,美國關係法,來相對應臺灣關係法,形同兩個國家各自以自己的國內法,建構了一個特殊的穩固外交關係。未來如果計劃在其他國家成功,臺灣也可以相對立法,如日本關係法。 這樣的國家,美國在臺灣的大使館名為AIT,相對的臺灣在美國的大使館,就叫TIA,日本大使館在臺灣名為JIT,臺灣駐日就叫TIJ。全球有臺灣關係法的國家,名稱一體化。 一旦有十個以上的主要國家有臺灣關係法,所形成的國際新秩序,必然影響現存的國際體係,每年在臺灣都可以舉行臺灣關係法同盟國家年會,持續增進這個特殊國與國關係的同盟價值。並在重大的國際議題上,如難民法與國際人權伸張相關措施,還有人道救援這些臺灣的強項上,形成臺灣公約TaiwanAccord,表現出臺灣關係法同盟國的正當性與公益性。 臺灣政府應開放討論這個可能性,不必每一年在白忙一些所謂的國際參與,臺灣關係法同盟國所形成新的結盟關係,有可能解決目前這個由中國惡意操控的不正常局面。 未來,臺灣的確有可能進行重新開國的制憲公投,有了這些特殊國與國關係的國際支撐,這個公民自決的行動會有國際承認的基礎。到時候的處理,其實只是個臺灣正名自決,而臺灣兩字早已寫入各主要國家的國內法。而整個過程,中華民國的邦交國到底還有多少個,已無太大關連了。
                Pretty taiwan girl first casting with a stranger   



      Pretty taiwan girl first casting with a stranger

      Added by: Lastingermi

      Date: 30 Jun 2017




                 Apple sayəsində zənginləşən Tayvanlı 11 biznesmen   

      Hələ 2017-ci ilin İyunun əvvəllərində, Apple-ın baş icraçı direktoru Tim Cook Twitter sosial şəbəkəsində, kompaniyanın tezliklə Tayvanda açılacaq “Apple Taipei 101” dükanın şəkillini paylaşmışdı. Bu Apple-in adada ilk outleti olsa belə, nəhəng texnologiya şirkətinin adanın iqtisadiyyatına təsiri hələ uzun illər öncə başlayıb.  Tayvanın investisiyalara açıq bir zona olması texnologiya şirkətlərinin bura marağınının yüksək olmasını təmin etmişdir.


                How to Register a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)in C   
      Author: Frankxu
      Forum: Beijing
      Date: 2011-11-03

      How to Register a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)in China
      ---Professional China Company Registration in Beijing


      If you want to invest in China, you don't just turn to the relevant government departments for so many certificates and formalities, but turn to All-One. At All-One, we don't just give you tailor-made service for your need, but for your satisfaction. All-One— serving the world of business, professional and worldwide.

      1. OVERVIEW OF CHINA
      China, with a population of over 1.3 billion and a land area of 9.6 million km2 , has a potential market for business development. China’s GDP increases by double digits in the past few years, since the strong economic development enhanced by foreign demand and domestic consumption. Now more and more investors rush to China for business setup and market share in form of WFOE or joint venture, owing to China’s market, labor and policy advantages.

      2. THE CONCEPT OF WFOE
      WFOE stands for wholly foreign owned enterprise, which is a Limited liability company wholly owned by the foreign investor(s). WFOE means the foreign investors(including Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan) established the enterprise within Chinese territory, in accordance with 《PRC Wholly Foreign founded Enterprise Law》, with capital provided solely by the foreign investor. The foreign investors refer to the foreign enterprise, individual or partner. (Including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan).
      In China, WFOE were originally conceived for encouraged manufacturing activities that were either export orientated or introduced advanced technology. However, with China's entry into the WTO, these conditions were gradually abolished and the WFOE is increasingly being used for service providers such as a variety of consulting and management services, software development and trading as well.


      3. How to choose a competitive COMPANY NAME for a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)? What's the regulations? And What kind of limitation you should know?


      4. What's the meaning of "SHAREHOLDER, DIRECTOR, SUPERVISOR AND LEGAL REPRESENTATIIVE" for a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)in China?

      5. What kind of BUSINESS SCOPE you could have, and what you can not do?

      6. How much Registration Capital you should have for a Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprise (WFOE)?

      7. What's the meaning of "Preferential Policy(or Pre-approval Policy)" for WFOE in CHINA?
      Most of the preferential policies have been abolished since January 1, 2008, but for some sectors preferential policies still remain there, such as hi-tech or environmental protection sectors.

      You will get the answers for all the questions above by simply sending an Email to us at: frank@visa100.org

      8. ALL-ONE BUSINESS SERVICE PROCEDURE:
      Step1: Fill in the application form (sign the agreement);
      Step2: Confirm the company name;
      Step3: Pay for the service;
      Step4: Submit the needed documents;
      Step5: Check the documents;
      Step6: Prepare for the statutory documents.
      Step7: Let the investors sign the documents personally;
      Step8: Submit all the documents to the government
      Step9: Keep our clients informed of processing.
      Step10: Finish processing in 20-35 working days;
      Step11: Inform the customer to take the documents
      Step12: Sign the receipt.

      9. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR COMPANY REGISTRATION(所需材料):
      1: Minutes or resolution from investors board of directors
      2: One proposed name (in Chinese), and provide two alternative names in case the first name is not available.
      3: Detailed information about the business scope and registered capital;
      4: Feasibility study report;
      5: Four original articles of association signed by members of the Board and with company chop;
      6: Copy of the business license, certificate of incorporation of parent company;
      7: The original and copy of identity certification of legal representative, and two color photos; the copy of identity certification of the directors, supervisor and manager's;
      8: Two original bank reference letters (from investor's bank) indicating foreign investors' creditability, issued within 6 months in both English and Chinese translation;
      9: Lawyer's legalization or notarization and endorsed by local China Embassy or Consulate
      10: The lease of commercial office between leaser and lessee needed to be endorsed by the Housing Management Authority. The lease should be signed personally by shareholders, directors and legal representative.


      10. Why choose ALL-ONE?
      ALL-ONE BUSINESS provides one-stop tailored-made services for foreign companies which would like to set up WFOE in China.

      1) Honest and Trustworthy:
      ---We will never ever illegally make fake signatures on any official document;
      ---We are a company of his word, we do what we say.
      ---No "Time bomb" left for your company's Operation in the future due to some mistakes or illegal papers.

      2) One-stop Services:
      All services in One-stop: Visa Solutions, Company Registration, Trademark Registration, Verification, Accounting, Auditing, Annual Examined, Job Recommendation, etc.


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      Email:frank@visa100.org


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      ******Copyright 2008 Christine with All-One Business Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.******
                For sale - spro dd Crankbaits Vintage - Auction   
      Zetland 2017, Australia
      Posting to: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian Federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar ...
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                For sale - Vintage ll Bean Fly Fishing Vest usa 20 Pocket With... - Auction   

      Zetland 2017, Australia
      Posting to: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian Federation, Israel, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait ...
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                For sale - Vintage Red Man Tournament Trail 10th Anniversary... - Auction   

      Bass 3991, Australia
      Posting to: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian Federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar ...
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                For sale - vintage penn senator 4/0 big game conventional... - Auction   

      Saltwater 2430, Australia
      Posting to: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian Federation, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Qatar ...
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                52位:アップルマンゴー 台湾産 5kg【期間限定・送料無料】   
      アップルマンゴー 台湾産 5kg【期間限定・送料無料】
      台湾物産館

      8,800円


      このランキングの最新情報は総合ランキングをご覧ください。
                For sale - Old School bmx gt Seat Clamp fits Pro Performer... - $25   
      York 6302, Australia
      Posting to: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Denmark, Romania, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Finland, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Estonia, Australia, Greece, Portugal, Cyprus, Slovenia, Japan, China, Sweden, Korea, South, Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Italy, Germany, Austria, Russian Federation, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland, Norway, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait ...
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                For sale - haro bmx handlebar stem 45 mm, savage gyro... - $31   
      Exeter 5019, Australia
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                For sale - Silver Haro fusion Ground Round 14mm Front And Rear... - $83   
      Zetland 2017, Australia
      Posting to: United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Russian Federation, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore, Korea, South, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand
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                For sale - Black Haro fusion Ground Round 10mmfront And 14mm... - $83   
      Zetland 2017, Australia
      Posting to: United Kingdom, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Republic of, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Russian Federation, Canada, Brazil, Japan, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Norway, Singapore, Korea, South, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand
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                X Creative Media Launches New Website   
      NewswireToday (newswire) - 2016/10/04 Taipei, Taiwan - Time to Increase Your Media Exposure in Greater China and Asia. X Creative Media - Your Bridge to the World's Largest Market - XCreativeMedia.com
                Taiwan for taxon Sobolevicephalus chalcyonis Parukhin, 1964   
      Distribution "Taiwan" for taxon Sobolevicephalus chalcyonis Parukhin, 1964 has been added by David Gibson via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T15:23:11+00:00
                Taiwan for taxon Sobolevicephalus Parukhin, 1964   
      Distribution "Taiwan" for taxon Sobolevicephalus Parukhin, 1964 has been added by David Gibson via the webinterface on 2017-06-30T15:23:11+00:00
                Comment on U.S. plans to sell Taiwan about $1.42 billion in arms by Anon   
      And Washington complains about the "militarization" of Yongshu, Meiji and Zhubi islands in the Nansha Islands chain. How hypocritical can it get?
                Carlos Alberto Ferreira Filho: OpenSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tóquio, Japão   

      É um grande prazer anunciar que a Summit 2017 da OpenSUSE.Asia que ocorrerá na University of Electro Communications, Tóquio, Japão, nos dias 21 e 22 de outubro.

      O openSUSE.Asia Summit é um dos grandes eventos para a comunidade openSUSE (ou seja, contribuidores e usuários) na Ásia. Aqueles que costumam se comunicar on-line podem se reunir de todo o mundo, falar cara a cara e se divertir. Os membros da comunidade compartilharão seus conhecimentos, experiências e conhecimentos mais recentes sobre as tecnologias FLOSS em torno do openSUSE.

      Este evento em Tóquio é o quarto da openSUSE.Asia Summit. Na sequência da primeira Summit da Ásia em Pequim 2014, a Summit da Ásia foi realizada anualmente. A segunda cúpula foi em Taipei, em Taiwan, e em Yogyakarta na Indonésia no ano passado. As últimas Summit da Ásia tiveram participantes da China, Taiwan, Índia, Indonésia, Japão e Alemanha.


      Objetivos
      Os objetivos do openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 são:
      1. Atrair mais atenção para o openSUSE e desenvolver a comunidade no Japão trazendo o entusiasmo da comunidade asiática.
      2. Dando aos membros da comunidade asiática a oportunidade de ampliar a área de suas atividades de seu país / região para o mundo inteiro.
      3. Impulsionando a openSUSE.Asia Summit para ser uma verdadeira união asiática / global convidando participantes de outros países e regiões.

      Pré-anúncio de convite à apresentação de propostas
      OpenSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 em breve pedirá propostas para discussões. Haverá três tipos de discussões: 30 minutos e 15 minutos de apresentações orais e oficinas de 2 horas.
      • Se você não é bom em inglês, funciona na língua local (japonês).
      • Se você não morar em Tóquio, você ainda tem a chance de participar. O OpenSUSE Travel Support Program oferecerá até 80% do seu custo de viagem. 
      • Https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program

      Nós anunciaremos os detalhes em //news.opensuse.org assim que for decidido. Prepare-se para as suas apresentações e aguarde-o.
       
      Finalizando

      Este evento é uma das grandes oportunidades para a comunidade openSUSE. Vejo você em Tóquio - um centro de economia e indústria japonesa, com subculturas, incluindo manga e anime.

      Fonte: https://news.opensuse.org/2017/06/30/opensuse-asia-summit-2017-tokyo-japan/

      Divirta-se bastante…

                openSUSE News: openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 Tokyo, Japan   

      It is our great pleasure to announce that openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will take place at the University of Electro Communications, Tokyo, Japan on October 21 and 22.

      openSUSE.Asia Summit is one of the great events for openSUSE community (i.e., both contributors, and users)  in Asia. Those who usually communicate online can get together from all over the world, talk face to face, and have fun.  Members of the community will share their most recent knowledge, experiences, and learn FLOSS technologies surrounding openSUSE.

      This event at Tokyo is the fourth in openSUSE.Asia Summit. Following the first Asia Summit in Beijing 2014, the Asia Summit has been held annually. The second summit was at Taipei in Taiwan, then in Yogyakarta in Indonesia last year. The past Asia Summits have had participants from China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

      Goals

      The goals of openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 are

      1. Attracting more attention to openSUSE and developing community in Japan by bringing the enthusiasm of Asian community.
      2. Giving Asian community members opportunity to extend the area of their activities from their country/region to the whole world.
      3. Boosting openSUSE.Asia Summit to be a real Asian/global summit by inviting participants from other countries and regions.

      Pre-announcement of call for proposals

      openSUSE.Asia Summit 2017 will soon call for proposals of talks. There will be three kinds of talks: 30 minutes and 15 minutes oral presentations and 2 hours workshops.

      • If you are not good at English, it works in the local language (Japanese).
      • If you don’t live in Tokyo, you still have a chance to participate. The openSUSE Travel Support Program will offer up to 80% of your travel cost.
        https://en.opensuse.org/openSUSE:Travel_Support_Program

      We will announce the details at //news.opensuse.org as soon as it is decided. Please prepare for your presentations and wait for it.

      At the end

      This event is one of  the great opportunities for openSUSE community. See you in Tokyo — a center of Japanese economy and industry, with subcultures including manga and anime.

      Have a lot of fun…


                The Top 10 Reasons I Love Taipei   

      Taipei City is the capital city of Taiwan, a state in East Asia bounded by China, Japan and the Philippines. It is the political, economic, educational and cultural centre of Taiwan (or more correctly The Republic of China), a modern metropolis with a thriving economy and a vibrant tourism industry. People who flock to Taipei […]

      The post The Top 10 Reasons I Love Taipei appeared first on Dave's Travel Corner.


                Naik MRT Murah (Di Taipei)   
      Membaca berita-berita di media mengenai pembangunan MRT di Jakarta, saya jadi tertarik untuk menulis mengenai pengalaman menggunakan MRT sewaktu berkunjung ke Taipei di bulan Oktober 2012 untuk menghadiri Taiwan Summit 2012.  Sebelum berangkat ke Taiwan, saya memang sudah mencari tahu moda transportasi yang bisa digunakan selama berada di Taipei.   Moda transportasi umum yang tersedia […]
                Risk of Epilepsy in Individuals With Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Nationwide Longitudinal Study   
      imageObjective: Several cross-sectional studies have reported a relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and epilepsy. However, the temporal association between PTSD and epilepsy has rarely been investigated. We hypothesized that the risk of developing epilepsy later in life would be higher in patients with PTSD than in those without PTSD. Methods: Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, 6425 individuals with PTSD and 24,980 age-/sex-matched controls were enrolled between 2002 and 2009 in our study and followed up to the end of 2011. Those who developed epilepsy during the follow-up period were identified. Results: Individuals with PTSD had a higher incidence of developing epilepsy (2.65 versus 0.33 per 1000 person-years, p < .001), with an earlier onset of epilepsy (37.53 years [15.80 years] versus 48.11 years [23.97 years], p = .002) than did the controls. Individuals with PTSD had an elevated risk of developing epilepsy (hazard ratio [HR] = 3.72, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.27–6.11) during the follow-up after adjustment for demographic data and medical and psychiatric comorbidities. Sensitivity analyses after excluding the observation in the first year (HR = 2.53, 95% CI = 1.44–4.47) and the first 3 years (HR = 2.14, 95% CI = 1.15–4.01) revealed consistent results. Conclusions: These results supported a temporal association between PTSD and the development of epilepsy. Further studies are warranted to investigate the underlying pathophysiological pathways that explain the longitudinal association of PTSD with subsequent epilepsy.
                Fahami taktik jenayah siber, elak jadi mangsa   

      ISMA WEB
       


      KOTA KINABALU – “Seorang ibu menyerahkan simpanannya yang berjumlah enam angka kepada lelaki yang dikenali hanya melalui Internet. Puas anak-anaknya menasihatkan jangan berikan wang itu tetapi tidak diendahkan.

      Perkara ini dikongsi seorang pegawai kanan polis kepada orang ramai yang hadir di forum bertajuk ‘Challenges Facing The Future Cyberspace’ yang diadakan di Universiti Malaysia Sabah sempena Borneo Cyber Security Challenge 2017 pada April lepas.

      Orang ramai yang hadir terperanjat dan sukar untuk mempercayai seseorang itu boleh dengan mudah tertipu seperti yang diceritakan Penolong Pengarah Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersil (JSJK), ACP Ahmad Nordin Ismail di majlis berkenaan.

      Hakikatnya, meskipun forum demi forum dianjurkan untuk mewujudkan kesedaran orang ramai mengenai pelbagai risiko siber serta jumlah penipuan yang didedahkan oleh pihak polis dan media, saban hari masih ramai yang menjadi mangsa kepada orang yang hanya dikenali melalui Internet.

      JENAYAH LAMA DIPERMUDAHKAN TEKNOLOGI

      Ahmad Nordin menegaskan bahawa kejadian jenayah melibatkan internet sebenarnya adalah jenayah yang wujud sekian lama cuma kali ini dilakukan dengan pendekatan baru. Secara prinsip, apa yang salah di dunia sebenar juga satu kesalahan di dunia maya.

      Jika diperhatikan dengan teliti, jenis jenayah yang dilakukan melalui dunia maya sebenarnya sama dengan apa yang berlaku di dunia nyata iaitu seperti menipu, mencuri, malah rogol dan bunuh. Penjenayah hanya melakukan sedikit perubahan mungkin dalam cara bekerja sesuai dengan kemajuan teknologi hari ini untuk mencari mangsa.

      Kerja mereka menjadi lebih mudah kerana tidak perlu lagi memperkenalkan diri sebenar kerana boleh menyamar di sebalik identiti rekaan di dunia maya. Justeru, penipuan dalam talian yang melibatkan cinta, e-dagang dan kewangan, pornografi, berita palsu dan pelanggaran hak cipta tersebar luas.

      Laman media sosial seperti Facebook, Instagram dan Bigo Live serta aplikasi sembang maya seperti Whatsapp, WeChat dan Telegram menyediakan akses tanpa had kepada mereka yang berpotensi menjadi mangsa. Selalunya wanita mudah menjadi mangsa kepada pelbagai penipuan, kasanova dan pemangsa seksual.

      PENIPUAN MERUGIKAN MANGSA

      Walaupun setelah forum berkenaan dianjurkan pada April lepas, tidak ada tanda jumlah jenayah siber berkurangan. Nyata sekali ramai rakyat Malaysia masih bersikap tidak ambil tahu dan tidak peduli.

      Jumlah kes dan kerugian terus meningkat saban tahun. Pada 2014, terdapat 1,026 kes penipuan ‘African Love Scam’ dilaporkan yang melibatkan kerugian berjumlah RM52.87 juta manakala pada 2016 bilangan itu meningkat kepada 2,489 kes dengan kerugian sebanyak RM98.9 juta. Dalam kesemua kes, mangsa tidak pernah bertemu secara langsung dengan kenalan yang mereka anggap ‘kekasih’ namun mudah menyerahkan wang mereka.

      Penjenayah siber terlebih dahulu mengkaji pelbagai aspek yang berkaitan. Mereka juga mengenal pasti semua kelemahan sama ada dalam sistem mahupun bakal mangsa, sebelum mereka mengorak langkah.

      “Sindiket itu menjadikan Malaysia sebagai pusat operasi antarabangsa mereka kerana mereka mendapati Malaysia sebagai lokasi yang kondusif untuk aktiviti mereka terutamanya berdasarkan fakta bahawa Malaysia mempunyai sistem telekomunikasi yang baik dan sambungan Internet yang memudahkan operasi sindiket,” jelas Ahmad Nordin.

      Salah satu sindiket penipuan antarabangsa yang menjadikan Malaysia sebagai pusat operasi adalah ialah ‘Macau Scam’ yang mula dikesan pada 2012 yang beroperasi di Sabah. Mangsa penipuan ini dikatakan kerugian sebanyak 10 bilion Renmibi (RM6 bilion).

      Sindiket penipuan itu muncul semula pada Mei dan polis menumpaskan operasi mereka di Shah Alam, Selangor. Seramai 20 warga China dan lima warga Taiwan ditahan kerana menipu mangsa.

      Menggunakan Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), anggota sindiket itu menyamar sebagai pegawai polis atau pegawai Bank Negara yang mendakwa mangsa terlibat dalam transaksi haram dan perlu membayar sejumlah wang bagi mengelakkan sebarang tindakan.

      RAKYAT MALAYSIA MANGSA MUDAH

      Rakyat Malaysia mudah menjadi mangsa penjenayah siber terutamanya memandangkan hakikat bahawa negara ini mempunyai bilangan pengguna internet yang tinggi.

      Menurut Ketua Jabatan Pelaksanaan Jangkauan MCMC, K Juslly Elis, jumlah pengguna internet di Malaysia sudah menjangkau 24.1 juta, iaitu kira-kira dua per tiga penduduk negara yang seramai 31.7 juta orang.

      Bagi kebanyakan rakyat Malaysia, Internet amat ‘rapat’di hati mereka, dan Juslly berkata, sebanyak 97 peratus pengguna media sosial di Malaysia memiliki akaun Facebook dengan 18 juta pengguna aktif media sosial setiap hari.

      Secara purata pengguna, masing-masing memiliki empat akaun media sosial.

      Menyentuh aspek penggunaan pula, 90.7 peratus daripada mereka menggunakan telefon pintar dengan penggunaan Internet terutamanya untuk tujuan komunikasi teks (92.7 peratus), carian maklumat(90.1 peratus) dan media sosial(80 peratus).

      SIKAP PENGGUNA UNDANG RISIKO

      “Bagaimanapun, sekiranya berlaku jenayah siber, ianya kerana kesalahan pengguna Internet itu. Sikap mereka sebenarnya yang mengundang risiko kerana sewenang-wenangnya berkongsi maklumat sensitif seperti lokasi, nombor telefon, nombor kad pengenalan dan maklumat peribadi lain menjadikan mereka sasaran mudah penjenayah siber.

      Oleh itu, kemahiran kawal selia kendiri oleh netizens adalah penting di mana mereka perlu memahami dan mematuhi undang-undang serta etika yang berkaitan dengan penggunaan teknologi Internet.

      Ahmad Nordin memberi jaminan bahawa polis akan terus bekerjasama dengan pelbagai pihak dan agensi dalam siasatan jenayah siber dan memberi kesedaran awam mengenai bahaya jenayah siber.

      Negara ini bersedia untuk menghadapi cabaran-cabaran alam siber, termasuk cubaan merekrut pengganas menggunakan Internet.

      “Jangan sekali-kali melayan mesej atau sms daripada pihak yang tidak dikenali. Mereka mendahului kita setiap kali seseorang klik untuk membaca pesanan mereka. Berhati-hati sebelum mendedahkan nombor telefon kepada sesiapa juga kerana separuh daripada maklumat peribadi anda terdapat di dalamnya. Ingat, serigala sentiasa ada di sekeliling kita,” kata Ahmad Nordin.  Bernama



                The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is Getting a Pink Paint Job, but Only in Some Countries   
      Prefer pink on your smartphones? Well, you’re going to need some help if you want the new pink Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus — it’s coming soon, but only to a handful of countries worldwide. Starting tomorrow, Samsung will start selling the phone in South Korea and Taiwan, calling it a rose pink model — it’s high time […]

      This story was originally published at The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is Getting a Pink Paint Job, but Only in Some Countries


                China expressa indignação com plano de venda de U$1,42 bi em armas dos EUA para Taiwan   
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                小白--待認養 (快被捕狗大隊抓走了) Urgently need help!   
      小白出生在王先生家樓下,鄰居們都很喜歡小白。因為小白會幫鄰居們看摩托車。但是好景不常,最近有位惡鄰居說要找捕狗大隊的來把小白抓走。小白已經被抓走過一次了,好在王先生一家人努力的去找才把小白救回來。 但是不隻道這位惡鄰居什麼時候又要找捕狗大隊的來抓他 甚至是傷害她。 請大家救救美麗的小美女 --小白

      而且小白已經結紥了 所以不會生更多的小狗了喔 也不會因為月事來把環境弄髒喔。
      如果你沒有辦法永久收留她,請當他的中途寄養家庭。在她被捕狗大隊帶走前,先將他帶回家寄養。

      Little White was born outside of Mr. Wang's. The neighbors used to love Little white because little white will watch neighbors' scooter. Due to some unknown reason, people called the dog pound people came to catch her. The Wangs spent lots time to found her back, and heard that guy will call the pound to arrest Little white soon again. She's spayed and looking for a lovely owner.

      We would like to adopt out to a foreigner only if you will take her with you when you leave Taiwan. If you are interested in, please contact me : derek@taichungpaws.org
      We would like to find her a foster home as well. If you can't keep her forever, please be her foster home before she gone to the pound.

                WeRTaiwan誠摯尋找新朋友成為原始會員,共同茁壯。   
        • 公會規模:目前4人
        • 成立時間:3/13/2016
      • 加入條件:基礎英語對話、須年滿18歲
      • 加入方式:回覆遊戲ID

      這是一個以休閒為平台的工會,新的工會需要新的玩家加入,不管是分身或是第一次接觸楓之谷、老手回鍋也好,都誠摯邀請各位共同加入這個家庭。

      公會的初衷是以互助為主,一起練等、打王、帶新朋友、打材料、過任務,歡迎不吝幫助新人或新朋友一起加入,成為我們的原始會員!

                6月30日(金)のつぶやき その3   

      無能は硝材にされてそう
      RT @Lyco_photograph: タムロン
      ・平均年収 676万円
      ・3年後離職率 0%

      — ミニッツ・メイド提督 (@minutes_tw) 2017年6月30日 - 12:41

      ご恵贈いただきました。ヤングキングアワーズ8月号と『蒼き鋼のアルペジオ』14巻。アワーズ表紙はおひさしぶりの……。 #アルペジオ instagram.com/p/BV8skG_gM-W/

      — 森田 繁 (@siglic) 2017年6月30日 - 12:19

      東芝、管に繋がれて生きてるだけって感じで好感が持てる

      — (´・ω・`) (@minan_taiwan) 2017年6月30日 - 12:40

      真空管かと思った

      — ミニッツ・メイド提督 (@minutes_tw) 2017年6月30日 - 12:40

      【懐かしの車体カラー】
      「初代長野色」「湘南色」「横須賀色」7月の運行予定を公開しました!
      いよいよ明日から信州デスティネーションキャンペーンが開催されます!
      今夏のお出かけはぜひ信州へ!
      (横須賀色画像:JR東日本八王子支社提供… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — しなの鉄道株式会社 (@shinanorailway1) 2017年6月30日 - 12:26

      アルピコ交通では、「モハ10形リバイバルカラー編成」が走っていますよー。運用情報はこちらから→ alpico.co.jp/traffic/traffi… twitter.com/shinanorailway…

      — 渕東なぎさ (@Nagisa_Endo) 2017年6月30日 - 12:40

      【店舗情報:梅田店】
      JR大阪駅と連結する歩道橋が開通しました❗既に沢山のお客様にご利用いただいております。開通を記念して、梅田店・京都店限定で13%ポイント還元セールを本日スタートいたします。ご来店をお待ちしております。… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…

      — ヨドバシカメラ【公式】 (@Yodobashi_X) 2017年6月30日 - 12:46

      HMSフライデー pic.twitter.com/8y67jXxcux

      — 酒樽 蔵之介 (@KulasanM) 2017年6月30日 - 12:45

      韓国:慰安婦少女像、行政管理に…公館前の2体 bit.ly/2tvTIzs

      — 毎日新聞 (@mainichi) 2017年6月30日 - 12:55

      こいつ詐欺をしたくせにめっちゃ金持ってるじゃん pic.twitter.com/Sm67uo0Rp4

      — すぷれっと (@_supuretto_) 2017年6月29日 - 21:49

      タムロン、大口径標準ズームレンズ「SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2」を発売 デュアルMPUで高速AFと5段分の手ブレ補正を実現 dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/1067… pic.twitter.com/z5UIvRdI5W

      — デジカメ Watch (@dc_watch) 2017年6月30日 - 16:19

      海上保安庁の船(パトレイバー15話より)

      はつしお
      俺氏「わかる」
      うずしお
      俺氏「わかる」
      ごましお
      俺氏「…?!」
      しおしお
      俺氏「ふぁっ?!」 pic.twitter.com/hKBKdO2WHC

      — OJ-1K@筆塗りモデラー(自称) (@oj_1k) 2017年6月28日 - 21:13

      なんでクマってガチでヤバい猛獣なのにすぐカワイコブリッコするの。プーさんとか203飛行隊とか。あっ…この子はパンダだったわ。
      そういや以前203飛行隊の人に、これどう見てもパンダですよね。と言ったら「部隊