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Old 08-08-2012, 05:44 PM   #41
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The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is the largest mixed martial arts promotion company in the world, which hosts most of the top-ranked fighters in the sport and produces events worldwide. Based in the United States, the UFC has eight weight divisions and enforces the Unified Rules of Mixed Martial Arts. Dana White serves as the president of the UFC while Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta control the UFC's parent company, Zuffa, LLC...
The first UFC event was held in 1993 in Denver, Colorado. The purpose of the event was to identify the most effective martial art in a real fight between competitors of different fighting disciplines, including Boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Tae Kwon Do, Wrestling, Muay Thai, Karate and other styles. In subsequent competitions, fighters began adopting effective techniques from more than one discipline, which indirectly helped create an entirely separate style of fighting known as present-day mixed martial arts...

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Strikeforce is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts and kickboxing organization based in San Jose, California. It is headed by CEO Scott Coker and owned by Zuffa, LLC. Its live events and competitions are currently shown on CBS and Showtime in the United States, Super Channel in Canada, Primetime in the United Kingdom, SKY PerfecTV! in Japan, HBO Plus in Brazil, Space TV in Latin America and the Caribbean, and on the American Forces Network. The promotion debuted on CBS on November 7, 2009 with Strikeforce: Fedor vs. Rogers...

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Old 08-08-2012, 05:49 PM   #42
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In 1865, the foundation stone of a new Masonic Hall was laid in Shanghai, and as was normal for those times, the event was described in The Illustrated London News:

THE ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the new Masonic temple at Shanghai took place on the 3rd of July -the Worthy Brother Robert Freke Gould, PM Nos. 178,580 and 743, PProvSGW Andalusia, officiating with the silver trowel.

The lodges having mustered at the old Masonic Hall in the Canton Road, were marshalled in procession by the RW Bro Donaldson, the procession being headed by the consular body, the municipal council, the Customhouse officials, the Shanghai Rangers and rifle volunteers and the police band. The lodges so represented in the procession were the Ancient Landmark, Cosmopolitan, Tuscan, Northern Lodge of China, and the Royal Sussex. The band of the 67th Regiment came next. Then followed the stewards and others with the corn, wine, oil, book of constitutions, volume of the sacred law, mallet, Corinthian, Doric and Ionic lights, and other symbols of their architectural religion.

When the procession reached the site shown in our illustration (from a photograph by Mr W. Saunders) a prayer was offered and a parchment scroll, bearing record of the date of this ceremony, a phial containing the current coins of England, India, China and Japan, the latest issues of the Anglo-Chinese newspapers, and lodge by-laws were placed between the upper and lower stones; the cement spread by Brother Gould. The PGM then called for three hearty cheers, which were given with enthusiasm while the band played a lively air. Two verses of the looth Psalm were sung, after which brief addresses were read by the Grand Master and Chaplain.

During the ceremony the balconies of Messrs. Pustan and Co's hong (sic) were crowded with ladies, who had the opportunity of witnessing one of the most interesting and important Masonic rites.

The building, as designed by architect Brother Clark, will consist of two parts, of which the front portion, facing the bund (sic), will contain three stories; while the back which will comprise a public hall on the lower floor and the Masonic temple above, will be two stories in height. The public hall will be available for banquets, lectures, concerts and other public occasions, furnished with two entrances: one public, the other Masonic. The hall will be 25ft in height, the temple more so. There will also be servants' offices, library, reading rooms and refreshment room, Masters' conclave and Royal Arch Chapter. The style will be Italian...


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Old 08-08-2012, 09:55 PM   #43
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Sheraton Club des Pins Resort (Arabic: شيراطون الجزائر‎,"Sheraton al-Jazā'ir") is a five-star hotel located in the province of Algiers, in the municipality of Staouéli, an affiliate of the global brand Sheraton , Is one of the most luxurious hotels in the arab world, Africa and the Mediterranean...the Chinese have been hired to construct some lovely buildings such as the Sheraton in Algiers, conveniently designed in the square and compass style...and who are also building the Algiers Opera House...



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Old 09-11-2012, 07:08 PM   #44
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Analysis: China seeks profit, shuns politics, in Afghanistan,

(Reuters) - The Chinese passengers boarding the weekly Ariana Flight 332 from the remote western city of Urumqi to Kabul speak volumes about ties between a rising China, the world's number two economy, and its desperately poor and unstable neighbour, Afghanistan.

Of at least nine Chinese, six were heading for a China-funded copper mine, two were working for a Chinese telecom equipment maker and one was the boss of a Chinese restaurant, struggling to check in several boxes of illicit supplies, from alcohol to frozen pork.

"The situation is not as bad as news reports suggest, and I am hoping to make money," said Li Xiaofeng, the restaurant owner, who is from the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang and opened his restaurant in Kabul last year.He is contributing to a tiny but growing trade flow between China and Afghanistan, which many in Kabul hope could be the country's financial salvation as Western troops head home...

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The People's Liberation Army is the military arm of the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the de facto armed forces of the People's Republic of China, consisting of land, sea, strategic missile and air forces. The PLA was established on August 1, 1927 which is celebrated annually as "PLA Day". The People's Liberation Army's insignia consists of a roundel with a red star bearing the Chinese characters for "Eight One", referring to August 1 (Chinese: 八一), the date of the 1927 Nanchang Uprising...China has provided "Mine-clearance and police training" for Afghan Security Forces, but has resisted international pressure to deploy troops to the country...
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The British East India Company was an English and later (from 1707) British joint-stock companyand megacorporation formed for pursuing trade with the East Indies but which ended up trading mainly with the Indian subcontinent.
Rothschild’s long-standing presence in China dates back to 1838, and we were one of the first business institutions from the Western world to re-establish relations after 1953.

Our offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong give us direct access to the Chinese market. Our locally based team of advisory bankers commands an in-depth knowledge of the country’s economic development and the challenges facing its industries.

Through many years advising China’s multinationals, state-owned and private enterprises, we have developed an exceptional understanding of the local regulatory and market environment. Our team is skilled at bridging the cultural gaps that sometimes exist between the managements of foreign and local companies.

Senior bankers lead every assignment from start to finish, ensuring that all clients benefit from Rothschild’s intellectual capital and global network of contacts and industry sector expertise.

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The UK's military role in Afghanistan since 2001 has brought with it a heavy human toll. Members of the Army, RAF, Royal Marines and special forces have lost their lives in the fight against the Taliban. Here, the BBC News website offers a look at who they were and how they died.The number of deaths stands at 437 after Lt Edward Drummond-Baxter and L/Cpl Siddhanta Kunwar, both of 1st Battalion The Royal Gurkha Rifles, attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines, were shot dead by a man wearing a local police uniform on 30 October.
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:33 PM   #45
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Harrods eyes Shanghai to cash in on China's new wealth...Owners want to cash in on the niche Harrods has carved out in Britain, selling must-haves for the oligarch class...The expansion plans come as Walpole Group, which represents British luxury brands including Harrods, Jimmy Choo and Wentworth golf club, seeks a meeting with the business secretary, Vince Cable, to ask for UK border rules to be relaxed to attract more high-spending Chinese tourists...
It's a long way from Stepney to Shanghai, but 176 years after Charles Henry Harrod opened a grocery shop in London's East End the retailer which has become a global byword for extravagant consumption is considering opening a second vast emporium – in China.

Two months after Mohamed Al Fayed sold the Knightsbridge store to an investment group controlled by the Qatari royal family for £1.5bn, Harrods bosses are working on ways to expand the empire. They want to cash in on the niche Harrods has carved out in Britain, selling must-haves for the oligarch class from £80,000 crocodile Hermès Birkin bags to £3,000 children's pedal cars...
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:11 PM   #46
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One of these days I'm going to make it out to China and visit the Brethren there.
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Old 22-11-2012, 05:33 PM   #47
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The story centers on a witty, sly, illiterate and lazy protagonist called Wei Xiaobao, who was born to a prostitute from a brothel in Yangzhou during the Qing Dynasty. The teenage scamp makes his way from Yangzhou to the capital Beijing through a series of adventures. In Beijing, he is kidnapped and taken to the Forbidden City, where he impersonates an eunuch. While in the palace, Wei Xiaobao bumbles his way into a fateful encounter with the young Kangxi Emperor and they develop an unlikely friendship...
Once, Wei Xiaobao is captured by some jianghu pugilists and brought out of the palace. He meets Chen Jinnan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth Society, an anti-government secret organisation, and becomes Chen's disciple. He also becomes one of the society's branch leaders and agrees to be an undercover agent for them in the palace. He is captured again by another group of pugilists and brought to Divine Dragon Island, where the sinister Divine Dragon Cult (神龍教) is based. Unexpectedly, he becomes the cult's White Dragon Marshal by flattering its leader Hong Antong...
Wei Xiaobao makes several seemingly impossible achievements through sheer luck and cunning. Most of the time, he uses despicable and immoral means to accomplish them. First, he assists the Kangxi Emperor in ousting the autocratic regent Oboi from power. Second, he discovers the whereabouts of the Shunzhi Emperor, who was presumed dead, saves him from danger, and then helps him reunite with his son, the Kangxi Emperor. Third, he eliminates the Divine Dragon Cult by stirring up internal conflict, which leads to the cult's self-destruction. Fourth, he weakens the rebellion staged by Wu Sangui by bribing Wu's allies to withdraw, allowing the Qing army to crush the rebels easily. Last, he leads a campaign against the Russian Empire and helps the Qing Empire reach a border treaty with Russia. He met the Russian regent Sophia Alekseyevna earlier and helped her secure her rule over Russia. Wei Xiaobao is also responsible for recommending talents to the Kangxi Emperor, among whom include the admiral Shi Lang, who led the naval campaign against the Kingdom of Tungning...Wei Xiaobao is lecherous and flirtatious by nature, and he encounters seven women on separate occasions and eventually marries them...For his numerous accomplishments, Wei Xiaobao is rewarded with immense wealth and titles of nobility. His highest rank ever was "Duke of Luding" (鹿鼎公). He also gained respect from the anti-Qing factions for eliminating tyrannical Court officials and defending China from foreign invaders...


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Old 27-11-2012, 06:44 PM   #49
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You probably know about the Younghusband Mission to Lhasa. Quite a few books have been written about it, though with the honorable exception of Patrick French’s biography of Younghusband, they tend to stick to the voluminous official and unofficial accounts published in English. This is a pity, because there’s no doubt that many Tibetans had strong feelings about Younghusband’s sacking of Gyantse and invasion of Lhasa. This came home to me forcefully when I read the Nechung Oracle’s pronouncement on the invasion while looking through the biography of the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso.
Once the Dalai Lama, the Nechung Oracle, and the rest of the court-in-exile were a safe distance from Lhasa, the oracle was consulted, and he spoke in emotional terms of the invasion:


Urged on by spirits and demons,
The British, with their false God, their wealth and manpower,
Came to this Snowy Land surrounded by mountains
With their barbaric army.
These events, the like of which I’ve never seen before
Have broken the heart of this old devil.


The Younghusband Mission instilled a lasting fear among the rulers of China that the permeability of Tibet’s border with India could leave China wide open to attack. The weak and bankrupt Manchu court had been happy to ignore Tibet for the last century, but in the wake of Younghusband’s invasion they made Tibet one of their main strategic priorities. In 1908, mere weeks after the Dalai Lama returned to Lhasa, a Chinese army occupied the city, and the Dalai Lama fled again, this time to India.

According to the 13th Dalai Lama’s biography, this was all prophesied by Padmasambava. The previous Dalai Lama (the 12th) Thrinley Gyatso is said to have received the prophecy directly from the Lotus Born himself. Padmasambhava told the 12th Dalai Lama that unless he took a wife, he would die young (he did), and predicted the rebirth of the next Dalai Lama. He then spoke these words:

The king will roam foreign lands and a foreign army will come to Tibet;
You the ruler of Tibet will travel to the country of China,
And the ruler of China will send the Chinese army to Tibet.


An incredible set of pictures taken during the controversial 1903 British Mission to Tibet has come to light - the first ever photos to come out of the mysterious country...

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Lieutenant Colonel Sir Francis Edward Younghusband, KCSI, KCIE (31 May 1863 – 31 July 1942, Dorset) was a British Army officer, explorer, and spiritual writer. He is remembered chiefly for his travels in the Far East and Central Asia; especially the 1904 British expedition to Tibet, which he led, during which a massacre of Tibetans occurred, and for his writings on Asia and foreign policy. Younghusband held positions including British commissioner to Tibet and President of the Royal Geographical Society.About one hundred miles inside Tibet, on the way to Gyantse, thence to the capital of Lhasa, a confrontation outside the hamlet of Guru led to the massacre, by the expedition, of 600-700 Tibetan militia, largely monks. Some estimates of Tibetan casualties are far higher; including other conflicts, more than five thousand Tibetans may have been killed, against British casualties of five. The British force was supported by King Ugyen Wangchuck of Bhutan, who was knighted in return for his services. In 1906, Younghusband settled in Kashmir as the British representative before returning to Britain where he became an active member of many clubs and societies. During World War I his patriotic Fight for Right campaign commissioned the song Jerusalem. He was promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1908.
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What do any of these photos/text have to do with the name of this topic? - The Grand Lodge of China.
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Old 02-12-2012, 01:55 AM   #51
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http://www.davidicke.com/forum/showp...&postcount=218...In Jaws, according to Quint, how big is the shark?

20 feet, 1 ton
23 feet,2 tons
25 feet, 3 tons
27 feet, 5 tons
30 feet, 6 tons


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The story, set in China, involves prince Calàf who falls in love with the cold princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any false answer results in death. Calàf passes the test, but Turandot still hesitates to marry him. He offers her a way out, he agrees to die should she be able to guess his real name..
Turandot is a Persian word and name meaning "the daughter of Turan", Turan being a region of Central Asia which used to be part of the Persian Empire. In Persian, the fairy tale is known as Turandokht, with "dokht" being a contraction for dokhtar (meaning daughter), and both the "kh" and "t" are clearly pronounced. However, according to Puccini scholar Patrick Vincent Casali, the final "t" should not be sounded in the pronunciation of the opera's name or when referring to the title character...
The story of Turandot was taken from a Persian collection of stories called The Book of One Thousand and One Days (1722 French translation Les Mille et un jours by François Pétis de la Croix — not to be confused with its sister work The Book of One Thousand and One Nights), where the character of "Turandokht" as a cold princess was found. The story of Turandokht is one of the best known from de la Croix's translation. The plot respects the classical unities of time, space and action..

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Steel was the structural material of the buildings. As such it was the most important evidence to preserve in order to puzzle out how the structures held up to the impacts and fires, but then disintegrated into rubble. Since no steel-framed buildings had ever collapsed due to fires, the steel should have been subjected to detailed analysis. So what did the authorities do with this key evidence of the vast crime and unprecedented engineering failure? They recycled it! The bulk of the steel was apparently shipped to China and India. The Chinese firm Baosteel purchased 50,000 tons at a rate of $120 per ton, compared to an average price of $160 paid by local mills in the previous year...



Ninety-nine percent of the drivers were extremely driven to do their jobs. But there were big concerns, because the loads consisted of highly sensitive material. One driver, for example, took an extended lunch break of an hour and a half. There was nothing criminal about that, but he was dismissed...



According to FEMA, more than 350,000 tons of steel were extracted from Ground Zero and barged or trucked to salvage yards where it was cut up for recycling. Four salvage yards were contracted to process the steel...

Hugo Nue Schnitzer at Fresh Kills (FK) Landfill, Staten Island, NJ
Hugo Nue Schnitzer's Claremont (CM) Terminal in Jersey City, NJ
Metal Management in Newark (NW), NJ
Blanford and Co. in Keasbey (KB), NJ



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1st.China 1,347,350,000 December 31, 2011.19.09% /Official estimate.
2..India 1,210,193,422 March 1, 2011 17.14% /2011 census..

3... United States314,947,000 December 16, 2012 4.46% /Official population clock...

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Old 08-01-2013, 08:40 PM   #55
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Journalists at a leading Chinese newspaper have gone on strike in a dispute over press freedom.

Dear Me Russia and China...RC...The Catholic Church, also known as the Roman Catholic Church..with more than one billion members worldwide.

China seeks profit, shuns politics, in Afghanistan..

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A British soldier has been shot dead and six others injured by a rogue member of the Afghan National Army.The UK soldier, of 28 Engineer Regiment, attached to 21 Engineer Regiment, died at Patrol Base Hazrat, in Helmand's Nahr-e Saraj district.A total of 439 UK service members have lost their lives in Afghanistan since operations began there in October 2001.
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Arrow Insane Smog created by Insane Hu mans

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Smog is a type of air pollution; the word "smog" was coined in the early 20th century as a portmanteau of the words smoke and fog to refer to smoky fog. The word was then intended to refer to what was sometimes known as pea soup fog, a familiar and serious problem in London from the 19th century to the mid 20th century. This kind of smog is caused by the burning of large amounts of coal within a city; this smog contains soot particulates from smoke, sulfur dioxide and other components. Modern smog, as found for example in Los Angeles, is a type of air pollution derived from vehicular emission from internal combustion engines and industrial fumes that react in the atmosphere with sunlight to form secondary pollutants that also combine with the primary emissions to form photochemical smog. The atmospheric pollution levels of Los Angeles, Mexico City and other cities are increased by inversion that traps pollution close to the ground...
Mis·led (-ld), mis·lead·ing, mis·leads
1. To lead in the wrong direction.
2. To lead into error of thought or action, especially by intentionally deceiving...


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I'll check out this lodge in China on my next visit there, Xie Xie
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Old 27-01-2013, 08:13 PM   #58
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I'll check out this lodge in China on my next visit there, Xie Xie
If you can find it through the Haze,better take a pair of PNGs with you
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The smog and haze that has been covering some of China's biggest cities reached alarming levels this week. Local authorities admit the pollution is severe. Environmentalists say it's been years in the making, thanks to an unrelenting economic development.

[Yang Fuqiang, Senior Adviser, Natural Resources Defense Council]:
"The pollution we saw this time was widespread. Throughout the country there are 74 cities which started monitoring levels of PM2.5, and of these there were 33 cities which found severe pollution, that is to say the highest classification of serious pollution. This shows us that, of all emissions, the burning of coal is the main reason for the heavy pollution across the country"

But that pollution can be controlled—when it suits the Chinese regime. During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, authorities moved or suspended 40 factories outside the city. More than half of the city's 3.3 million cars were also moved off the roads.

Now, Beijing has around 5 million cars. Around the country, more coal plants are being built.

One Beijing official says the pollution is affecting more than just the capital.

[Li Yunting, Vice Director, Beijing Municipal Environmental Monitoring Center]:
"Via the movement of air currents, the pollution in the Beijing area and pollution in the surrounding areas are transmitted between one another and mixed together. So Beijing's local pollution accumulated with pollution carried over from elsewhere, intensifies the level of pollution in Beijing."

Beijing's skyscrapers have been blamed for trapping in the smog. Others say the weather patterns create an eddy of trapped bad air.

Overwhelmingly though, the lack of environmental awareness, lax regulations, and rapid industrialization are creating a problem that has become costly. CCTV reports that air pollution cost the economy over $90 billion in 2012. There's also a human cost. A study released in December found more than 8,500 people died prematurely in four major Chinese cities from air pollution in 2012.
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