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          UPDATE 1-China's HNA lists property assets worth $11 bln for sale - documents      Cache   Translate Page      
*Assets listed include 850 Third Avenue in New York. HONG KONG, Oct 9- Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has put up for sale property assets worth at least $11 billion, according to documents seen by Reuters, accelerating a push to cut its large debt and restructure. Since January, HNA has sold or agreed to sell over $20 billion worth of assets, including real estate in...
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*Assets listed include 850 Third Avenue in New York. HONG KONG, Oct 9- Chinese conglomerate HNA Group has put up for sale property assets worth at least $11 billion, according to documents seen by Reuters, accelerating a push to cut its large debt and restructure. Since January, HNA has sold or agreed to sell over $20 billion worth of assets, including real estate in...
          China arrests Interpol president       Cache   Translate Page      
China admits it detained a top international police official after he mysteriously vanished during a trip home. Source :
          GLIMPSE: GCAM-based Longterm Interactive Multi-Pollutant Scenario Evaluator      Cache   Translate Page      
The GCAM-based Long-term Interactive Multi-Pollutant Scenario Evaluator (GLIMPSE) is a prototype decision support tool that is intended to inform national, regional, and state-level air quality management decisions. The “computational engine” for GLIMPSE is the Global Change Assessment Model, or GCAM, which has been developed by the Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL). GCAM is a human-earth systems model that includes representations of the energy system, agriculture, land use, and the atmosphere and simulates the evolution of these interconnected systems through 2100. Users can explore wide-ranging scenarios, including those with alternative assumptions regarding population growth and migration, economic growth and transformation, technology costs, and environmental and energy policy. From an air quality management perspective, key outputs of GCAM include emissions of criteria pollutants, estimates of the health effects associated with emissions, and water demands from energy and agriculture. The base or “core” GCAM model has global coverage, broken into 32 geographic regions. Two variants of GCAM have been developed that have additional spatial resolution. GCAM-USA represents the 32 global regions, but the U.S. region has been disaggregated into 50 states and the District of Columbia. Similarly, GCAM-China disaggregates the representation of China to China’s 31 provinces. Thus, GCAM-USA and GCAM-China can support the analysis of state- and province-level air quality management strategies within the context of a global scenario. While GCAM is very flexible and has the potential to positively affect air quality decision making, the complexity of the model and associated data system has limited its use to a small community of developers and “power users.” However, the model is well suited to be integrated into a decision support tool that automates complicated functions (e.g., setting up input files, aggregating outputs over regions, and examining differences from one scenario to another), making the model accessible to a much broader set of users. Developing such a decision support tool is the primary goal of the GLIMPSE project. Over the past several years, we have implemented a GLIMPSE prototype and are engaged with beta testers. In this presentation, Dan will provide an overview of GLIMPSE. He will then demonstrate its use for two real-world problems: (i) understanding the emission implications of alternative population scenarios, and (ii) assessing the air pollutant emissions implications of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative.
          10/10/2018: US, China trade war warning      Cache   Translate Page      
Josh Frydenberg has urged the US and China to de-escalate their trade war before it gets “out of control”, amid warnings by the International Monetary Fund that Australia’s economy is about to be caught in the crossfire. The IMF yesterday issued a...
          10/10/2018: Has America just started Cold War II?      Cache   Translate Page      
Did Cold War II break out last week while no one was watching? As the Kavanaugh battle raged, many missed what looks like the biggest shift in USChina relations since Henry Kissinger’s 1971 visit to Beijing. Vice-President Mike Pence gave a guide to...
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          Report: Google to launch censored Search in China despite denials      Cache   Translate Page      

Google intends to launch a censored version of its Search app for China sometime in the next six to nine months, according to a leaked transcript from a private employee meeting held last month. The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher today reported the company’s Search engine chief, Ben Gomes, held a meeting to congratulate a room full of employees working on the platform, dubbed Project Dragonfly. According to The Intercept, Gomes talked about the launch timeline: While we are saying it’s going to be six and nine months [to launch], the world is a very dynamic place. He goes on to point out…

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          Falconetta: Харбинская опера - фасад и интерьеры      Cache   Translate Page      

В северокитайском городе Харбин, известном своими зимними фестивалями, появился потрясающий оперный театр. Его обтекаемая форма является скульптурным отражением окружающего пейзажа с извилистыми водоемами на болотистой местности. Разработчики надеются, что футуристическое здание станет жемчужиной в культурной жизни города.

Строительство Harbin Opera House в Харбине вела фирма MAD Architects. Проектируя «обтекаемую» наружную часть здания, архитекторы хотели добиться ощущения слияния в фасаде элементов природных стихий: воды, ветра. Гладкие алюминиевые панели стали именно тем материалом, с помощью которого удалось достичь нужного эффекта.

Входя в здание, посетители попадают в светлый атриум. Изогнутая стеклянная крыша реализована за счет технологии diagrid (диагонально-решетчатая конструкция). Гладкая и граненная поверхности чередуются между собой, олицетворяя снег и лед, частные для местного климата.

Центральное помещение, оперный зал, полностью обшит натуральной древесиной (маньчжурским ясенем). Обтекаемые формы еще раз подчеркивают общую концепцию постройки. Зал рассчитан на 1600 мест.

Общая площадь оперного театра с прилегающей территорией составила 80000 кв. метров. Создатели надеются, что оперный театр в Харбине станет центром культурной жизни горожан и туристов.


           Chievo, ecco Ventura: esonerato D'Anna       Cache   Translate Page      
Giornata decisiva quella di oggi per il Chievo alle prese con il cambio di panchina dopo l'esonero di D'Anna, che verrà ufficializzato a breve. L'allenatore sarà Gian Piero...
          PH to benefit from US-China trade war, says think tank      Cache   Translate Page      

MANILA – The Philippines will benefit from the trade dispute between China and the United States (US) as foreign companies are moving to the country to export products, according to think tank Integrated Development Studies Institute (IDSI). “There are benefits … The increased demand is that actually the $200 plus billion of the $500 billion […]

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ieri dopo una lunga telefonata con Zatta 3d una persona davvero fantastica che conosce il mondo dei computer penso come nessun'altro, abbiamo deciso una configurazione davvero ottima per una macchina che sappia renderizzare alla grande con V-Ray e sfruttare al massimo software come Lumion e Unreal Engine il risultato è questo: CPU: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 2990 Wx 32-core Scheda Madre: Asus x399 Prime-a Memorie Ram: G.Skill Trident Z 32GB DDR4 32GB DDR4 4000MHz Alimentatore: Corsair HX1200i 80 Plus Platinum, 1200 W per una futura installazione di due schede video Dissipazione CPU: Enermax LiqTech TR4 360 per CPU AMD RYZEN Threadripper con Radiatore da 360mm SSD: Samsung MZ-V7E250BW SSD 970 EVO, 250 GB, M.2, NVMe Case: Corsair Carbide 275R Mid-Tower Scheda video: in attesa che scenda il prezzo della 2080Ti Vi teniamo aggiornati su gli sviluppi!
          Immediate macroeconomic adjustments required to correct Pakistan’s twin deficits: WB      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD, (APP): World Bank has said that immediate macroeconomic adjustments are required for Pakistan to correct the large twin deficits. World Bank’s latest edition of the South Asia Economic Focus, Budget Crunch, finds that rising global interest rates and tighter liquidity situation will pose challenges to Pakistan given the high gross external financing requirements. With […]
          Rs 37.6 bn released for development projects under PSDP 2018-19      Cache   Translate Page      
psdpISLAMABAD, (APP): The government has released over Rs 37.6 billion under its Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) 2018-19 for various ongoing and new schemes against the total allocations of Rs 675 billion. The released funds include Rs 24.8 billion for federal ministries and Rs 11.8 billion for special areas, the latest data released by Ministry […]
          Jewellary export up 76.5% in two months      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD, (APP): The export of jewelry from the country witnessed an increase of 76.5 percent in first two months of the current fiscal year as compared to the same period of last year. The jewelry export rose to $1.054 million in July-August (2018-19) against the export worth of $0.597 million recorded during July-August (2017-18), according […]
          World Bank warns of Latin America’s ‘fragile’ recovery      Cache   Translate Page      
Washington, (AFP/APP): The World Bank on Friday expressed concern over the “fragile” economic recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean, weighed down by Venezuela’s spiraling crisis and weak performances in Brazil and Argentina. “We’ve hit a bump in the road to recovery,” Carlos Vegh, World Bank Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean said […]
          Weekly inflation goes up by 0.54 percent      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD, (APP): The weekly inflation for the week ended on October, 4 for the combined income group witnessed an increase of 0.54 percent as compared to the previous week. The Sensitive Price Indicator (SPI) for the week under review in the above mentioned group was recorded at 230.40 points against 229.17 points registered in the […]
          IMF mission terms government’s corrective measures as steps in right direction      Cache   Translate Page      
ISLAMABAD, (APP): The International Monetary Fund Mission during its recent visit to Pakistan said that the corrective measures recently taken by the Government of Pakistan are steps in the right direction. The visiting team was of the view that further actions are required to be undertaken to correct imbalances in the economy and put it […]
          UN asks anti-Government elements in Afghanistan to stop using IEDs against civilians      Cache   Translate Page      
UNITED NATIONS, (APP): The United Nations has called on anti-Government elements in Afghanistan to immediately stop using improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in civilian areas after the UN mission in the country recorded a sharp rise in civilian casualties caused by the explosives this year. A special report by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) […]
          10/10/2018: Finance & Commodities: Growth      Cache   Translate Page      

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          10/10/2018: Around The World: Daimler to Work With Geely on Ride-Hailing Service in China      Cache   Translate Page      
Beijing: Chinese billionaire Li Shufu may have found the glue to start binding together the automobile assets he’s assembled across the globe — by creating an entirely new business altogether. Li’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co is in talks with...
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          Alfred Hitchcock's best MacGuffins      Cache   Translate Page      
Dan Norma
Oct 9, 2018

Grab your passport and bring a sidekick. We're hunting for Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest MacGuffins

Spoilers lie ahead for The Trouble With Harry, Psycho, North By Northwest, To Catch A Thief, The Lady Vanishes and Star Wars

The MacGuffin is one of those storytelling inventions that operates by a vague “I know it when I see it” rule. The man who popularised its use, Alfred Hitchcock, didn’t help matters. When asked to define the MacGuffin – as he frequently was – he would repeat the same nonsensical joke.

In Hitchcock’s interview with François Truffaut, Truffaut attempts to establish limits on the phrase (is it “the pretext for the plot”? is it ideally “forgotten” amongst the rush of the action?). Each time, Hitch replies with an answer that amounts to little more than ‘sort of’.

Without any exact definitions being offered by either Hitchcock or the screenwriter credited with the term, Angus MacPhail, most writing about MacGuffins is dedicated to pinning down precisely what it is.

It is easier to provide examples. The treasure map is a classic MacGuffin. The Golden Fleece hunted by the Argonauts another. They can loosely be linked as specific items to be discovered and/or claimed, but this doesn’t give the full picture.

The Holy Grail of Arthurian legend is often cited as a MacGuffin but, though there is overlap, a grail is its own storytelling device. Grails hold some spiritual meaning for the characters. The MacGuffin is a more material gain, less noble and not to be taken as seriously.

What can be gathered from Hitchcock’s words is that a MacGuffin is an excuse for a plot. It is usually the trigger that springs the plot into action. Without it, there would be no story. In some ways it is the inverse of a deus ex machina. Where a deus ex machina arrives from nowhere to wrap the plot up, a MacGuffin starts it off.

One point on which Hitchcock was clear is that the MacGuffin is unimportant. In the Truffaut interview he insists that while it “must seem to be of vital importance to the characters [t]o me, the narrator, they’re of no importance whatever”. All that is important is that it pushes our characters out of the door and into the story. There are multiple variations on the MacGuffin, but those used by Hitchcock fall into three subcategories.

The Secret

As seen in: The 39 Steps; North by Northwest; Foreign Correspondent; The Lady Vanishes; Star Wars: A New Hope; Burn After Reading  

This is the MacGuffin most associated with Hitchcock, with his two most quintessential – the memorised plans in The 39 Steps and the microfilm in North by Northwest – coming under this category. Foreign Correspondent and The Lady Vanishes both revolve around the kidnapping of someone in possession of vital information (a crucial clause in a treaty in FC, a coded message in TLV). Most often found in spy films, this takes the form of secret intelligence which gives one entity – whether a country, an organisation, or a person – power over another.

The Death Star plans in A New Hope also come under this category, though George Lucas himself disagrees. Challenging Hitchcock’s key specification that the MacGuffin be unimportant, Lucas considered R2-D2 to be the MacGuffin of A New Hope, feeling that the audience should care about the MacGuffin as much as the characters do. This carries through to the Indiana Jones films, where the Ark of the Covenant and the Holy Grail end up literally saving the day.

Even the plans for the Death Star, pivotal to the final act, border on being too important. Lucas’ evolution of the MacGuffin creates a grey area between MacGuffin and grail, where objects such as the Ring in Lord of the Rings or Infinity War’s Infinity Stones can also be found.

The Treasure

As seen in: To Catch A Thief; Psycho; The Maltese Falcon; The Ocean’s series; No Country For Old Men; The Pink Panther

The most straightforward MacGuffin. A good rule of thumb for this is to ask whether the item could be swapped out for a priceless rubber duck without any change to the plot. If your answer is yes, then the item is a MacGuffin. Rare art, one-of-a-kind diamonds, and unimaginable fortunes all fall under this classification.  

To Catch A Thief has the same ‘wrongly-accused man looking to clear their name’ plot as The 39 Steps and North by Northwest, with diamonds subbed in for secrets. Ostensibly part of Cary Grant’s plan to clear his name, the real story purpose of the diamonds is to bring him into the orbit of Grace Kelly. Once this has been done, the diamonds are relegated to the background. Even the owner is unconcerned about their potential theft, echoing Hitchcock’s own approach to the MacGuffin when she compares her diamonds to “a train ticket that gets me somewhere”. The diamonds get things going, but they’re really not the point.

Outside of The 39 Steps and North by Northwest, the most celebrated MacGuffin of Hitchcock’s filmography belongs to Psycho. Easily forgotten by the film’s end, the money stolen by Janet Leigh is what leads to her checking in at the Bates Motel. As in To Catch A Thief the treasure brings the two leads together before being cast aside for more important matters. So incidental is the money in Psycho that an oblivious Tony Perkins sinks it in the swamp while cleaning up the crime scene.

Somewhere halfway between The Secret and The Treasure lies another variant, the ‘Magical Treasure’. In this case, the treasure has one powerful ability which gives it value. Think the Philosopher’s Stone from Harry Potter. Although frequently found in fantasy or science-fiction, this MacGuffin doesn’t have to be magical. The transit papers in Casablanca qualify, as an item that gives its holders the freedom to leave Morocco.

The Character

As seen in: Rope; The Trouble With Harry; The Lady Vanishes; Foreign Correspondent; Saving Private Ryan

The trickiest of the three to identify. For a character to be considered a MacGuffin, they must be both integral to the plot and completely replaceable. In Saving Private Ryan, the story is driven by the mission to rescue a soldier. There is no story without him. Yet, up until the end, that story would play out identically if it were any other soldier in Ryan’s place. His actions don’t factor into it. By this measure, Apocalypse Now doesn’t qualify. Kurtz’s own actions and megalomania lead to Willard being sent after him.

A good rule of thumb is to ask

* Is there still a film if this character is removed?
* Do any of this character’s actions affect the plot?

If your answer to both is no, you have a MacGuffin.

Using a person as a MacGuffin is a cold thing, and Hitchcock recognises this in Rope. Rope opens with two men murdering their friend David, before throwing a party in the apartment where the body is hidden to see if they can get away with it. David – and the body that could be discovered at any moment – is the film’s MacGuffin. Chillingly he is treated as a MacGuffin by the killers themselves, deciding he is “as good or as bad as any other” to be the victim of their experiment.

The Trouble With Harry takes a much cheerier approach to its corpse. The discovery of a dead body in the countryside brings the neighbourhood together as they try to solve who he is, how he died, and spend a day alternately burying him and digging him up again to avoid police charges. The characters of The Trouble With Harry treat the body with exasperation, as though it were something much more mundane than a corpse. By the film’s end, it has brought two couples together and everyone (of those still alive) agrees things have worked out pretty nicely.   

Finally there’s The Lady Vanishes and Foreign Correspondent. Though listed under the Secret MacGuffin, each has an argument for belonging to this category too. In both, the person carrying the secret is kidnapped and the search for the secret becomes a search for them. Is the MacGuffin the information, or the person in possession of it? The Lady Vanishes makes the strongest case for being the latter. For most of its runtime, the audience has no idea about the code the kidnapped Miss Froy is carrying and nor do the heroes. She is just a disappeared passenger about whom very little is known. It is only after her reappearance that she comes into focus as a character and, ever the professional, only at the end does she reveal the existence of any code.

Unassuming to the point of anonymity, she is the perfect MacGuffin and the perfect spy...

          China And U.S. Inch Closer To Cold War      Cache   Translate Page      
Pompeo talks going nowhere. Meanwhile, China scrambles to help firms hurt by trade war.
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(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 10, 2018 ) This report focuses on the global Cash Management Systems status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Cash Management Systems development in United States, Europe and China. The key players...
          Report: Google to launch censored Search in China despite denials      Cache   Translate Page      

Google intends to launch a censored version of its Search app for China sometime in the next six to nine months, according to a leaked transcript from a private employee meeting held last month. The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher today reported the company’s Search engine chief, Ben Gomes, held a meeting to congratulate a room full of employees working on the platform, dubbed Project Dragonfly. According to The Intercept, Gomes talked about the launch timeline: While we are saying it’s going to be six and nine months [to launch], the world is a very dynamic place. He goes on to point out…

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          Senior Desk Editor - China      Cache   Translate Page      

A leading international academic publisher which is currently reshaping their journal business is looking to recruit an ambitious publishing professional with a background in academic research to manage a team supporting the peer review process with a newly established team in their Beijing. The Senior Desk Editor will be accountable for efficient peer review administration procedures using online peer review systems to research international experts suitable to act as peer reviewers for cutting edge biomedical research.

Reporting to the UK based Head of Reviewer Programmes, the Senior Desk Editor will manage a team of Peer Review Specialists.  With the responsibility for recruitment, performance management and training of direct reports, the Senior Desk Editor  will control resource allocation, ensuring the team works effectively and will prioritise to accommodate competing demands.  As such this position will suit someone with experience of monitoring team progress, performance management and team-building within a journals publishing environment.  Familiarity with process improvement principles would be a distinct advantage as delivery of increased capacity with minimal impact on head count is a standing objective.

This role is based in Beijing and the successful person will be educated to postgraduate qualification, PhD or equivalent in biomedical sciences and will have knowledge of, or experience in publishing and production processes. You will have experience of coaching, mentoring and adapting to others’ learning styles with the ability to drive improvements based on data analysis and evidence-based learning. Fluency in English language as well as Standard Chinese/Mandarin is essential as are exceptional organisation skills and the confidence to complete multiple tasks to deadlines.

Previous experience with online submission platforms such as ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager would be an advantage, but full training is available.

This role carries a good salary package and great benefits

For more detailed information please send your CV and a short application letter to


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Academic, STM
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Chinese, Mandarin, English
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Salary description: 
Very attractive salary on offer with a generous benefits package

          Peer Review Manager - China      Cache   Translate Page      

A leading international academic publisher which is currently reshaping their journal business is looking to recruit an ambitious publishing professional with a background in academic research to manage a team supporting the peer review process with a newly established team in their Beijing.The Peer review manager will be accountable for efficient peer review administration procedures using online peer review systems to research international experts suitable to act as peer reviewers for cutting edge biomedical research.

Reporting to the UK based Head of Reviewer Programmes, the Peer Review Manager will manage a team of Peer Review Specialists.  With the responsibility for recruitment, performance management and training of direct reports the Peer Review Manager will control resource allocation, ensuring the team works effectively and will prioritise to accommodate competing demands.  As such this position will suit someone with experience of monitoring team progress, performance management and team-building within a journals publishing environment.  Familiarity with process improvement principles would be a distinct advantage as delivery of increased capacity with minimal impact on head count is a standing objective.

This role is based in Beijing and the successful person will be educated to postgraduate qualification, PhD or equivalent in biomedical sciences and will have knowledge of, or experience in publishing and production processes and a knowledge and understanding of the process of journals peer review process. You will have experience of coaching, mentoring and adapting to others’ learning styles with the ability to drive improvements based on data analysis and evidence-based learning. Fluency in English language as well as Standard Chinese/Mandarin is essential as are exceptional organisation skills and the confidence to complete multiple tasks to deadlines.

Previous experience with online submission platforms such as ScholarOne Manuscripts or Editorial Manager would be an advantage, but full training is available.

This role carries an attractive salary package and great benefits

For more detailed information please send your CV and a short application letter to


Location (from list): 
Employment type: 
Journals, Editor, Production
Job sector: 
Academic, STM
Required languages: 
Chinese, Mandarin, English
Required skills: 
PhD, or Master's in biomedical sciences, knowledge or experience in publishing and production processes, knowledge of peer review process
Application email: 
Salary description: 
Very attractive salary and generous benefits package

          Peer Review Specialist - China      Cache   Translate Page      

A leading international academic publisher which is currently reshaping their journal business is looking to recruit a number of Peer Review Specialists to join a new Reviewer Selection team in their office in Beijing and possibly Shanghai.

We are looking for ambitious publishing professionals with backgrounds in academic research to join a new team, supporting the peer review process and who enjoy keeping up to date with the latest in biomedical research, are detail-oriented, have strong communication skills and enjoy working as part of a team.

As a Peer Review Specialist you will be accountable for efficient peer review administration procedures through online peer review systems to research international experts suitable to act as peer reviewers for cutting edge biomedical research.

Some key responsibilities of the role will involve:

  • Managing the peer review process for assigned journals
  • Using internal and external databases to research and select appropriate reviewers
  • Keeping up to date with internal and external guidelines on ethical publication practices
  • Corresponding with reviewers regarding deadlines and queries
  • Conducting data analysis, recognizing process improvement opportunities and making recommendations
  • Daily liaison with internationally-based editorial teams
  • Assisting on department projects as required

The Peer Review Specialist will report to the Peer Review Manager and successful candidates will have:

  • A postgraduate qualification, PhD, Masters or equivalent in biomedical sciences
  • Knowledge and understanding of the process of journals and the peer review process
  • A strong command of English spelling and grammar
  • Fluency in Standard Chinese/Mandarin
  • Knowledge and experience of process-driven workflows
  • Ability to be detail oriented, accurate and a problem solver

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of a new, growing team if you are based in either Beijing or Shanghai and have the relevant experience and skills required.

For more detailed information please send your CV and a short application letter to

Location (from list): 
Employment type: 
Journals, Publishing, Editorial
Job sector: 
Academic, STM
Required languages: 
English, Chinese, Mandarin
Required skills: 
knowledge of the peer review process, Biomedical Degree at Masters/PhD level
Application email: 
Salary description: 
Excellent salary on offer plus a great benefits package

          Wife of ex-Interpol boss describes threat      Cache   Translate Page      

LYON, France >> The wife of the former Interpol president who disappeared in China revealed that she had received a threatening phone call warning of agents coming for her — but said she would keep fighting for information about her husband’s fate.

          Wife of ex-Interpol chief receives threat from China: Report      Cache   Translate Page      
Grace Meng says she received a threatening phone call warning of Chinese agents coming for her in France.
          SNAI, Italia-Ucraina: c’è aria di riscatto azzurro. Il secondo centro di Mancini plana a 1,75      Cache   Translate Page      

Per Roberto Mancini arriva un’occasione di riscatto dopo un non brillante inizio di avventura sulla panchina azzurra, fatto di una vittoria, due pareggi e due ko. L’Italia gioca domani in amichevole contro l’Ucraina e può contare su una tradizione più che favorevole nei confronti dei gialloblu. Otto i precedenti, con sei vittorie e due pareggi. […]

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          Genoa, esonerato Ballardini. Al suo posto torna Juric      Cache   Translate Page      

Davide Ballardini non è più l’allenatore del Genoa. Una scelta ufficializzata da una nota pubblicata dal club sul sito ufficiale, nella quale viene ufficializzato anche il ritorno di Juric sulla panchina: “Il Genoa Cricket and Football Club comunica che il tecnico Davide Ballardini è stato sollevato dall’incarico di allenatore della prima squadra. Nel ringraziarlo per […]

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          Chinese stocks rebound from worst performance in four months as PetroChina, energy producers surge      Cache   Translate Page      
Chinese stocks rebounded on Tuesday from their biggest decline in four months, as PetroChina and other energy producers gained on strong crude oil prices. The Shanghai Composite Index rose by 0.2 per cent at the close. On Monday, it had tumbled by 3.7 per cent to catch up with losses in regional markets, as trading resumed after a weeklong holiday. In Hong Kong, the Hang Seng Index fell for a sixth straight day on Tuesday. Buying on mainland bourses, however, remained subdued. The daily...
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Daimler is working with its biggest investor to start ride-hailing and car-sharing services in China, taking on industry leader Didi Chuxing on its home turf, according to people familiar with the matter. The German manufacturer is in talks with billionaire Li Shufu’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group for the set up of a 50-50 joint venture to offer the services, said one of the people, who asked not to be named as the plan is private. The discussions have not been finalised, the people said....
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PetroChina was the lone hero among shares on Tuesday, helping China’s slumping stock market stay afloat. Shares of the nation’s biggest oil producer contributed to the bulk of a rebound in the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index, with a 4.4 per cent jump. The surge in PetroChina has temporarily held in check a sell-off that sent the Shanghai Composite down by 3.7 per cent on Monday for its biggest loss in almost four months. The index closed 0.2 per cent higher on Tuesday. As the...
          Fan Bingbing’s fall from grace turns the spotlight on the far-reaching yin-yang economy in China      Cache   Translate Page      
When Fan Bingbing “disappeared” in July, there was much speculation about what had happened to China’s highest-paid actress. She returned to the spotlight last Wednesday when Chinese authorities announced that she has been ordered to pay nearly 884 million yuan (US$129 million) in unpaid taxes, fines, and penalties for tax-related offences. Fan is the most high-profile personality to date to be subject to the Chinese government’s crackdowns on celebrities’ earnings...
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China's billions in infrastructure investment have led to growing number of Pakistanis eager to learn Mandarin and study in China. Beijing is giving thousands of scholarships to Pakistanis.
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          Fishing for your food at wild new seafood restaurant      Cache   Translate Page      

Your odds of catching a big striped bass for dinner in New York are not especially high. A pier in Brooklyn, close to the Williamsburg J. Crew, probably offers the best chance. Your next step is to find someone to clean and cook it for you.

Or you can just book at table at Zauo. Starting Oct. 15, diners will be able to walk into the Chelsea restaurant, dip a line into a giant tank full of frisky striped bass, and other fish such as salmon, fluke, and trout. It is a farm-to-table thesis served with a remoulade of Japan-style kitsch. It is dining theater at the extreme, an outsized gimmick in a town built on them. It’s also quite entertaining.

On a Monday morning, dozens of fish zombied past my salmon-scrap-gobbed hook, like so many Midtown commuters. A three-pound striped bass hurried by on the right, a 14-inch rainbow trout lazily detoured to the left, a steelhead the size of my arm lumbered underneath. None of them made eye contact—New Yorkers through and through.

After two minutes, the mark came along. A fresh-faced trout paused for a beat, wondered “What’s this?” and, voila: brunch was served.

There’s a giddy joy in catching a fish, and it doesn’t abate much based on the setting. The incongruity of feeling the fish’s electric dance on a line at Zauo, two steps from a bar stocked with high-end sake, is part of the fun.

And it is supposed to be fun.

This is not a hushed temple of sushi where guests line up like congregants. The staff goes out of its way to keep the atmosphere bright (in case one ponders too deeply what is about to befall the entrees lazily finning by). When a fish is hooked, a concerted cheer rings out from the three or four “fish attendants” directing traffic around the tank. As it thrashes into the net, someone bangs a big bass drum. Just as quickly, the critter is whisked to the back of the house, where the kitchen staff makes sure that it will never swim again.

Somehow, it’s not as ridiculous as it sounds. Fish-tanks and giant drums aside, the space is subdued. Sure, the entire second floor is designed as a “boat,” with the keel running the length of the bar downstairs, but it comes off as spartan. Blond wood gives way to brick and the occasional buoy in a sushi-counter vibe.

“It’s all very simply, very systematic,” said spokeswoman Ayako Kaneyoshi. “After all, it is a chain restaurant.”

Indeed, Zauo’s owners run 13 sibling locations in southern Japan, that are especially popular with international tourists. Restaurants in that area—and in Chinatowns around the world—have tanks of seafood where you can see your dinner swimming around. Zauo is arguably the first to let customers do the catching. 

The Manhattan location is the family’s first outside of Japan and required an entirely new piscine supply chain. Maine lobsters aside, all of the inventory is trucked in from farms: salmon from New York and striped bass from North Carolina. My rainbow trout grew up in Pennsylvania. The trout, salmon, and striped bass are kept together in two different tanks. Upstairs, 50 flounder dozed in a separate tank like a smattering of sleepy-eyed welcome mats, with fluke, lobster, rockfish, and abalone as friends. The flounder were the most exotic fare, having flown in from Japan.

There are 134 seats and diners will fish in waves of 15 to 20 at a time. Each person pays, in total, for whatever grabs the hook, with prices ranging from $45 for a trout or bass to $110 for one of the massive salmon (which considering the size may be one of the city’s best seafood deals). Those who elect to have a fish caught for them will pay slightly more ($55 for the trout; $125 for the salmon)—but to get exactly what you want, there are nets available. Once the fish is safely in the kitchen, diners choose from a few simple preparations: sashimi, grilled, fried in tempura, or simmered in soy sauce and mirin. All arrive whole, with the head and bones, unless you ask otherwise. Fluke or flounder bone chips extra. 

For those who don’t dabble in indoor fishing, there’s a sashimi-heavy a la carte menu (for your tuna and scallop fix), as well as non-seafood options including deep fried tofu, tempura chicken, and braised pork belly. Some of the offerings are made from the byproducts of the day’s catch; the miso soup, for instance, incorporates a fish-bone broth. Dessert is a range of gelato: wasabi, yuzu, and matcha.

The mind reels at what could go wrong. The slim walk-ways around each tank have the makings of a horrendous Instagram-jam. A solo diner is in for some expensive gluttony should she unwittingly snag a salmon—you catch it, you buy it. And the setup seems prime for hijinks in bonus season or when a bro bachelor party books the big table at the prow of the boat upstairs. The signs that forbid bathing and synchronized swimming are easy to overlook.

Meanwhile, the operation still has some kinks to work out. The opening was delayed for six months. Last week, the staff, some of whom came from Japan for it, were debating whether to separate the stock by species or size. Others were talking with the farmers, trying to discern how the fish behave at different times of day and how obliging each species is when presented a morsel of food on a tiny hook.

There’s a distant concern that an eager diner may, in fact, fail to hook a fish—get skunked, as they say on the Brooklyn piers. Though, that, of course, is fishing. Whatever you do, don’t overthink it. And don’t catch and release.

          A developer's project becomes his downfall       Cache   Translate Page      

Ruddy Thompson had big plans to build housing. When they fell apart, the rest of his life did too

They're not all fat cats.

Complaints about "greedy developers" trace back to ancient times, but the city's real estate business is littered with builders toppled by recessions, cost overruns and disputes with lenders and partners.

Ruddy Thompson's downfall can be traced not to just one such catastrophe but a combination of them.

Beyond causing the probable demise of the Upper Manhattan condominium project into which he has sunk more than a decade of his life, the saga has left his once-flush bank accounts empty, his family torn apart, his health in tatters and his future bleak.

Thompson's story reveals the ruinous potential of a business in which markets can abruptly shift, partnerships can end in betrayal and construction glitches can stymie even the most sophisticated builder.

"The narrative about developers making tons of money isn't always true," said David Scharf, a lawyer at Morrison Cohen who became involved in the condo project at the behest of Thompson's ex-wife.

"In the case of Ruddy Thompson, this project has become his Waterloo," Scharf added. "It ruined his marriage, split his family and has left him destitute. It's tragic."

Thompson purchased 33-35 Overlook Terrace, a lot of more than 30,000 square feet in Washington Heights, in 2002. His opportunity to build finally came in 2007, when the real estate market was at a historic zenith, banks were extending record levels of credit, and even untested developers readily got financing. Thompson secured a roughly $95 million loan to raise a 23-story, 114-unit residential condominium that would tower over the predominantly low-rise neighborhood around it.

Until then he had made a good living as a banking executive, dabbling in real estate only as a side venture. In the 1990s, Thompson said, he bought about 40 buildings in the Bronx over several years, selling them all by the end of the decade before prices had appreciated much. He had never built a building from the ground up.

Although the Overlook Terrace lot was well located—beside the A line's 181st Street station—it presented geological challenges. An enormous, sloping mound of schist had to be removed to make way for the project's foundation. Thompson also wanted two entrances, one on Overlook Terrace and the other on Fort Washington Avenue, a more desirable corridor. He reached a deal with the Fort Tryon Jewish Center to renovate an aging building that the synagogue owned along Fort Washington Avenue in exchange for using a portion of the property for the second entrance, adding several million dollars in costs.

When construction began in 2007, the incessant racket of jackhammers and bulldozers used to remove the rock prompted an uproar from neighbors and generated negative press.

Before much progress could be made, the Great Recession hit, and in 2008 Amalgamated Bank, the project's main lender, refused to continue funding the development, bringing work to a halt.

By then Thompson had spent more than $30 million on the rock removal, architectural services, air rights from the Jewish center, interest on the loan and other expenses. Laboring around the clock to restart the development and also build another residential project he was working on in the Bronx, Thompson said he rarely had time for his wife and three children. He would pop a stimulant, he said, to stay sharp as he worked late into the night.

"Taking Adderall was like wiping the fog from a pair of glasses," he said.

His wife, Jacqueline, moved out of the couple's bedroom and into a guest room in their 9,000-square-foot Westchester County home at the beginning of that year, blaming his snoring, and began to see a marriage counselor at their church.

"Until the market crash hit, I was on top of the world," Thompson said. "Then suddenly my wife is seeing a counselor and he's giving her bad advice."

In 2010, although the economy was beginning to pick up, Amalgamated moved to seize the property, claiming in a foreclosure suit that the loan had matured and Thompson had violated other terms of the agreement, including a prohibition against accruing additional debts against the site. Thompson was locked in a separate lawsuit with a contractor that said he owed more than $2 million for the rock removal and had filed a mechanic's lien against the property.

The litigation, along with Thompson's lavish lifestyle, began to drain his personal finances. He said his wife spent thousands of dollars each month shopping. (She didn't respond to a request for comment.) Thompson had refinanced his home in Rye in the mid-2000s, raising his monthly mortgage payments to about $20,000. Thousands more were spent every month on country-club dues, landscaping, housekeepers and private school.

Alarmed by the rapid depletion of their wealth, Jacqueline grew more distant, according to her husband. "The money was hemorrhaging," he said, "and she lost confidence in me."

Around that time, Thompson said he began getting bad headaches from the stress and workload. He would drink red wine in the afternoon to take the edge off, a habit that along with his Adderall consumption alarmed his wife.

"She called me a drug addict," Thompson said. Although he struggled with an addiction to amphetamines in his late teens, he denied abusing substances as an adult.

In 2012 Jacqueline moved into the property's pool house, and around Thanksgiving of that year she packed up and relocated to California. Thompson said he learned of her looming departure from one of his sons.

"She didn't even say goodbye," Thompson said. "I never thought she would abandon me. In a lot of ways, this development broke us apart."

Thompson is still bitter about the split.

"The Bible gives three reasons for separation—infidelity, abandonment or brutality—and I had committed none of those," he said.

Jacqueline filed for divorce in 2013. Soon after, their two sons, who by then were out of college, also moved to the West Coast. Stressed by his family's unraveling, Thompson, who had a heart condition and had gained weight from years of physical inactivity and bad eating habits, suffered two heart attacks in May of that year.

"I couldn't even walk 10 feet," he said.

In 2014 he received what seemed like a reprieve. The rock-removal contractor had dropped its suit, and Amalgamated lost its foreclosure case, surprising some legal observers. It was ordered to resume funding the construction loan, giving Thompson hope he could finally build the tower. But the bank appealed, and the project remained at a standstill.

Two more years passed. By then Thompson had run up more than $1 million in legal fees, much of which he owed to Lewis Trippett, an elder in Thompson's church.

"He still sends me the bill every month," Thompson said. "I don't even look at it. It depresses me."

His finances were in ruins and creditors were pursuing him. American Express had sued him in 2013 for a roughly $23,000 credit-card debt. In a separate case, Westchester law firm Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein won a $180,255 judgment for unpaid legal fees for its work resolving a dispute Thompson had with a former business partner.

Meanwhile, Thompson was forced to unload his Westchester home in a short sale. Broke, he settled with Amalgamated, agreeing to sell the Overlook Terrace site by September 2017. In exchange, the bank said it would mark down the $30 million-plus Thompson owed to $19.5 million—an arrangement that appeared to give him a chance at a profit. His divorce agreement with his ex-wife required him to hand her 30% of anything he made from the site.

Yet Thompson was unable to strike a deal with a buyer. He said bad health kept sidelining him, and he claimed Scharf, the attorney his wife hired to protect her interests, foiled a potential sale. Scharf disputes Thompson's account, saying buyers steered clear or made low offers because they feared the site's complexities and costs, including the obligation to rebuild the Jewish center.

"This is still a fringe location for high-end residential development, and it has challenges from a constructability perspective," Scharf said, noting that he hired a reputable brokerage firm, Ariel Property Advisors, to market the site. "The truth is that Ruddy can't let go, and he's not particularly functioning at this point or realistic about the project and what his options really are."

After a final extension expired May 31, with no sale in sight, Amalgamated moved again to foreclose. In August, the day before an auction for the property was to be held, Thompson plunged the limited- liability company through which he controls the property into bankruptcy in an attempt to buy more time to sell. Even if he can arrange a deal, it's uncertain if Amalgamated still would be willing to reduce the size of the debt it is owed, making the chances slim that he can arrange a profitable exit for himself.

The bankruptcy has moved the site into a new chapter of legal wrangling. The bank, according to its attorney, is seeking to nullify the Chapter 11 filing by claiming that Jacqueline is the site's true owner and that Thompson had no legal right to push it into bankruptcy, an assertion that Scharf supports.

"Ruddy's grant of power was terminated by Jackie when Ruddy didn't get a deal done," Scharf said.

Thompson said coming out empty-handed would be disastrous for him. He is living in a two-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side and is more than $80,000 behind on his rent. His only assets are a Range Rover and a Mercedes—leftovers from the days when he lived an affluent life with his family in Westchester.

"I'm worth less than zero if I get nothing from the site," Thompson said. "I'll probably move to China. I was there once, and I know they can use people like me who know English and who are honest."

          Enigmatica: В 2018 году стилисты предлагают женщинам за 40 сделать именно эти стрижки. Срочно узнай какие!      Cache   Translate Page      

В 2018 году стилисты предлагают женщинам за 40 сделать именно эти стрижки. Срочно узнай какие!


Женщинам часто хочется чего-то нового, чтобы развеять рутину и освежить свой образ. А что может подойти для этого лучше, чем новая стрижка? И новый стильный образ, и хорошее настроение, и, если правильно подобрать прическу, минус пару лишних лет.


Редакция «Так Просто!» собрала для тебя самые лучшие варианты стрижек для женщин за 40, с ними ты будешь выглядеть стильно и модно.


          Tales from the trade war: Businesses caught between retailers and a hard place      Cache   Translate Page      

The past few years have been good for OMG Accessories, the teenage-girl-centered lifestyle brand that fashion industry veteran Anne Harper founded in 2009. And she owes much of that success to China.

By producing handbags and backpacks at a Chinese factory that provided a quick turnaround on small orders, the company has been able to test the market and build up a line of products that is now carried in thousands of stores across the United States. Sales this year have tripled over last year, bringing total revenue to more than $10 million. Harper is now set to move OMG and its 14 employees into a larger showroom in its West 33rd Street building.

Her industry, however, has been caught in the crossfire of an escalating trade war that could put the brakes on any kind of growth. Handbags and backpacks made in China are among the $200 million worth of goods that recently became subject to a trade tariff scheduled to jump to 25% in January.

But OMG is in an unusual position, and not just because of how quickly it's been growing. Last year, in an effort to diversify production for mass orders, Harper and an overseas partner bought a factory in a low-wage, Southeast Asian country that she prefers, for competitive reasons, not to name. About six months ago, as the trade war began heating up, she shifted production to the new factory. About 95% of her fourth-quarter inventory escaped the 10% duty that went into effect in September. She's now positioned to avoid the devastating levy set for 2019.

Harper has been forced to take bigger gambles on her orders, but overall she is glad she planned ahead.

"If I didn't have this factory, [the tariffs] could have destroyed me," she said. "That's how I know that people who are not in my position are in big trouble."

The trade war, which has so far encompassed everything from imported steel and aluminum to electrical equipment and microscopes, began to hit New York's fashion industry in July, when luggage, handbags, footwear, textiles, and leather and faux-leather apparel were listed as being in the next round of restrictions.

Industry representatives have spoken up about fashion's unique reliance on a complex supply chain rooted in China and the difficulties of finding alternatives. But not all of the industry will be hurt in the same way. Some large brands, such as Coach and Kate Spade, began shifting production out of China years ago and moving it to low-wage facilities in Southeast Asia and India. Other companies, such as Steve Madden, ramped up a shift to Cambodia that was already in motion.

In addition, some well-known brands may have big enough margins and a loyal enough customer base to absorb some portion of the tariff and pass along the rest.

But OMG and other brands with price-sensitive products are in no position to experiment. Their retail buyers are saying suppliers will have to eat the cost of the tariff, as the stores have no intention of raising prices.

"If they are selling a bag of mine at $20 and then it goes over $20, even by a dollar, the customer has a different perspective," Harper said. "Shoppers are used to getting a bargain."

There are also drawbacks for small companies that work with factories in low-wage countries. Those nations lack the industrial expertise and transportation infrastructure that China has developed and take roughly double the time to turn around an order—six months as opposed to three. That means Harper is banking that what's "on trend" today, such as her unicorn-decorated handbags, will be just as popular next year.

What's more, the new factory can do only mass-volume production: a minimum of 3,000 units per color and style. That works for what she's selling now, but it would be too big of an order if she wanted to venture into new markets, such as bags for women or backpacks for boys. In fact, most retailers, Harper said, are taking few large orders of any kind.

"Even Kohl's—which has 1,100 stores—once something's proven, they'll order 3,000," Harper said, "but most of the time they're ordering one or two bags for each store. It used to be you'd have 10 of a style, but stores don't have traffic like that anymore."

For many local fashion brands—most of which do not own a factory in a low-wage Asian country—the biggest issue is the uncertainty surrounding the tariffs. "Do you want to disrupt your entire supply chain when there could be an agreement next month?" asked Julia Hughes, president of the United States Fashion Industry Association.

She thinks that the uncertainty has been exacerbated by the lack of clear direction or precise goals in the Trump administration's approach. "In past administrations and trade disputes, almost everybody felt they had a sense of what the outcome would be," Hughes said. "That's not the case here, and that makes it more complicated."

But the administration's defenders argue that President Donald Trump is trying to reverse decades of failed trade policy that allowed China to undermine American manufacturing and appropriate companies' intellectual property as a condition for operating in the country. The short-term pain of higher prices and rearranged supply chains, they say, will yield fairer trade rules for U.S. companies and new life for domestic factories.

Economist Ed Yardeni says American companies doing business with China have in effect supported its expansionist plans and superpower ambitions. He said the 25% tariff is aimed at weakening the country and keeping it from challenging American interests.

"The goal isn't to force concessions out of China but rather to get manufacturers out of China and into either the U.S. (ideally) or to countries such as Mexico that do agree to the terms of bilateral trade deals with the U.S.," Yardeni wrote in a recent report.

But a large-scale return of garment factories to the United States is simply not in the cards, experts said.

"We would have to rebuild a vast infrastructure and find people who actually want to sit at sewing machines, which would require a dramatic increase in immigration," said Susan Scafidi, director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School. "People who are born in the U.S. typically don't aspire to work in garment factories."

She added that it was possible other countries, including Mexico, could expand their manufacturing capacity, but those changes would take a lot more time to put in place than a trade deal.

For now some fashion companies are simply looking to manage their business in the short term.

Urban Expressions, which produces a popular line of vegan, faux-leather handbags, took a gamble in July and sped up its production for next year.

"We landed 50% of the goods we planned for Q1 before the first tariff took effect, and most of the other 50% will have landed before the 25% tariff goes into effect," noted Farbod Shakouri, co-founder of the Los Angeles–based company, which has its showroom in New York. He figures that he can keep his retailers supplied through the first nine months of 2019.

He is also holding down costs. Earlier this year Urban Expressions was planning to buy an entire floor of a West 33rd Street building for its New York operations. It put the purchase on hold and is instead moving into a larger showroom in its current building, on West 32nd Street.

Shakouri has no desire to shift production from China. He has tried out factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Myanmar and was dissatisfied with the long lead times and their inability to do small production runs. A tariff might make him more receptive to a move, but he would prefer to see a compromise on absorbing the costs.

"A lot of the strategies are going to revolve around the retailers and what they're going to do," Shakouri said. "If they increase prices, then there could be a partnership along the supply chain where everyone eats a little bit into their margins to keep the status quo—until somehow there's a resolution."

          Senior Management Changes - Bridgestone      Cache   Translate Page      

Bridgestone Corporation today announced the following changes in Corporate Officers. 1.Changing Position and Responsibility of Corporate Officers - (November 1, 2018) Name:  Yoshikazu SHIDA New: Vice President and Officer - Seconded to Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. - Member of the Board, CEO of Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. - Chairman of Bridgestone (China) Investment Co., Ltd. Former:  Vice President and Officer - Seconded to Bridgestone Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd. - Member of th...

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          Republican senator seeks briefings on reported China hacking attack      Cache   Translate Page      
The top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee has asked Apple Inc, Inc and Super Micro Computer Inc for staff briefings about a Bloomberg report that the Chinese government implanted malicious hardware into server motherboards provided by Super Micro.

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Pakistan plans to buy 48 attack drones from China. This deal, according to the Chinese state-run Global Times, is the “largest such arms deal of its kind.” The cost of this deal has not been made public. What’s so special […]

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          BREAKING: U.S. Continues Strong Performance During Longest Streak of Job Growth on Record      Cache   Translate Page      
October 9, 2018 ( Newswire) A new report released by the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has shown that over the past seven years, China has seen the largest increase in Travel & Tourism's contribution to GDP.
          Comments: Маленький походный чайник из нержавейки на 0,65 литра      Cache   Translate Page      
у этого силикон оплавится. Остальное должно быть норм.
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          Comments: LeEco Le Pro3 Elite 4G Phablet - GOLDEN (no NFC)      Cache   Translate Page      
ну у меня лыжа есть, вот там цвета идеальные. думаю и этот можно настроить. наверняка есть какие-то приложения
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          Comments: LeEco Le Pro3 Elite 4G Phablet - GOLDEN (no NFC)      Cache   Translate Page      
ладно, соберусь как-нибудь и поставлю сток
я вроде как упомянул, что кастом может быть кривой

цвет я имел в виду корпуса, а не экрана
экран вроде норм, грех жаловаться
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          Comments: Мини комп Beelink Gemini X55. Intel Pentium J5005/8 Гб RAM/128 Гб SSD      Cache   Translate Page      
если питание разведено правильно, то статика не должна влиять на девайс
Может стоит поступить, примерно как здесь?
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Понятно. Психолог был плохой и не отучил.
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Дядя Алик приходит в мой магазин всегда после обеда. Он спрашивает, где его стул, садится и многозначительно молчит. Ему нравится, когда идет бурная торговля. Он может смотреть на этот процесс долго и с удовольствием, как пьяный романтик на костер. 

– Как ваши дела? – интересуюсь я, пока нет клиентов.

– Володя, мне семьдесят пять. Какие могут быть дела, когда первая половина пенсии уходит на еду, а вторая – на её анализы? Зачем вам мои жалобы? Это не ходовой товар. Хотите услышать за чужое здоровье, идите в очередь в поликлинике и берите там все это счастье оптом. Я сегодня по другому делу.

– Я весь – одно большое ухо. 

– Володя, у вас есть автомобиль? 

– Есть. 

– Я знаю, что есть. Но мне кажется, вам должно быть приятно, когда вас об этом спрашивают. Так вот, я имею, что предложить до кучи к вашему высокому статусу владельца «Жигулей». Я хочу практически подарить вам одну шикарную вэщь.

Он бережно разворачивает пакет, извлекает оттуда старые, потертые часы с блестящим браслетом. 

– Вам ничего не надо делать. Просто выставите локоть из окна. Пусть солнце поиграет немного на богатом ремешке. Через пять минут в машине будет сидеть орава таких роскошных ципочек, что даже я, Володя, на полчасика бы овдовел. А вы знаете, как я люблю свою Ниночку. Остальные женщины будут кидаться вам под колеса и оттуда проситься замуж. 

На лице ни тени улыбки. Он почти никогда не шутит, он так мыслит. 

– Вы только подумайте: часы, ципочки, машина, и со всего этого поиметь удовольствий за каких-то сто никому, кроме меня, ненужных гривен. 

– Двадцаточку насыпать можно. Да и то – из большого к вам уважения. Ваш «богатый» ремешок сильно инкрустирован царапинами, – без энтузиазма верчу я в руках ненужную мне «вэщь». Дядя Алик берет паузу и задумчиво смотрит сквозь очки в окно.

– Знаете что, Володя? Я дам вам один хороший совет, и вам это ничего не будет стоить. Пойдите в наше ателье, спросите там тетю Валю и попросите пришить вам большую пуговицу на лоб.

– Зачем?

– Будете пристегивать нижнюю губу. Двадцать гривен за почти швейцарские часы?! Даже не смешите мои мудебейцалы. Это часы высшего сорта! Сейчас этого сорта даже детей не делают. Эта молодежь с проводами из ушей и витаминами из Макдональдса… Её же штампуют какие-то подпольные китайцы в Бердичеве. Сплошной брак. 

Он делает неповторимый жест рукой, означающий высшую степень негодования. 

– Володя, у меня есть пара слов за эти часы. Я всегда был человек, душевнобольной за свою работу. У меня никогда не было много денег, но мне всегда хватало. Так научил папа. Он был простой человек и сморкался сильно вслух на концертах симфонического оркестра. Но, как заработать, а главное – как сохранить, он знал. Папа говорил, что надо дружить. Так вот, о чем это я? Да, на работе я дружил с нашим бухгалтером Колей. 

– Это у вас национальная забава – со всеми дружить. 

– А как по другому? Слушайте дальше сюда. Сверху у этого Коли была большая голова в очках. А снизу – немного для пописать, остальное – для посмеяться. В общем, с бабами ему не везло, страшное дело. А у меня была знакомая, Зиночка Царева, с ней я тоже дружил. Такая краля, что ни дай божэ. И я пригласил ее отметить вместе тридцатилетие нашей фабрики. Первого июня, как сейчас помню. И тут у нас объявляют конкурс на лучший маскарадный костюм. Ну, вы же знаете, я – закройщик, мастер на все руки. Сделал себе костюм крысы: ушки, хвост, голова. Чудо, а не крыса. Зиночке сообщил по секрету, что буду в этом костюме. Вы следите за моей мыслью?

– Обижаете.

– И знаете что? Вместо себя, в этот костюм я нарядил шлимазла Колю, показал на Зиночку и сказал «фас», а сам собрался поехать в санаторий. Бухгалтер в костюме крысы… Он смеялся с себя во все свои два поролоновых зуба.

Дядя Алик усмехается и смотрит на меня, выжидая, что я оценю всю тонкость юмора, как минимум, заливистым хохотом. Улыбаюсь из вежливости.

– И вот еду я на встречу с квартирантами, чтобы сдать на лето свою однокомнатную, заезжаю на заправку и что я вижу? В шикарном автомобиле «Жигули» первой модели с московскими номерами сидит обалденная цыпа и умирает с горя. Деньги у нее украли, а ехать надо. Эта профура просит меня заправить ей полный бак и двадцать рублей на дорогу, а за это предлагает рассчитаться очень интересным способом не с той стороны. Да, это сейчас молодежь кудой ест, тудой и любит. Володя, вы не в курсе, что они хотят там оплодотворить? Кариес? Я тогда об этом только слышал от одного старого развратника Бибиргама, ходившего в публичный дом до революции, как я на работу. В то время это считалось извращением, тем более за такие деньги. 

– И вы проявили излишнее любопытство…

– Излишнее – это совсем не то слово. Там получился такой гевалт, что вы сейчас будете плакать и смеяться слезами. Отъезжаем мы с ней в посадочку. Она сама снимает с меня панталоны и тащит все, что в них болтается, себе в рот. Азохен вей, что она вытворяла! Этой мастерице нужно было служить на флоте – ей завязать рифовый узел, не вынимая концов из рота, как вам два пальца на чужой ноге описать. Я прибалдел, что тот гимназист. Приятно вспомнить, – он ненадолго замолкает, прикрывает глаза, по его лицу блуждает довольная улыбка.

– Я сейчас подумал: может, нынешняя молодежь таки все правильно делает? Так вот. Почти в финале я вижу, как мою «Волгу» вскрывают какие-то три абизяны. Представляете? Я выскочил наскипидаренным быком и без штанов побежал спасать имущество. 

– И что? Отбили ласточку? 

– Володя, посмотрите на мою некрещеную внешность. Вам оттуда видно, что я не Геракл? Или вы думаете, они испугались моего обреза? Бандиты немного посмеялись, и я накинулся на них, как голодный раввин мацу. Я рвал их зубами и получал за это монтировкой по голове. Володя, там остался такой шрам, такой шрам… Я никогда не брею голову – не хочу, шобы мой верхний сосед Борис Моисеевич, дай бог ему здоровья, видя как я иду через двор в магазин, кричал со своего балкона: «Смотрите, смотрите! Залупа за семачками идёт!». Он это и так кричит, но если бы я брился, Борис Моисеевич оказался не так уж неправ. А это обидно. Остался со шрамом, зато без трусов и машины. Что интересно, эта топливная проститутка таки спасла мне жизнь. 

– Как? Разве она не была в сговоре с угонщиками?

– Конечно, была. Но эти три адиёта так поспешно погрузились в мою «Волгу», как барон Врангель на последний пароход до Константинополя, и на первом же повороте расцеловали телеграфный столб. Тормоза отказали. А я в больницу попал на три месяца. 

– Хорошо, что так обошлось.

– Какое обошлось? Шо вы такое говорите? Квартира несданной все лето простояла! Это были страшенные убытки. Потерянное лето шестьдесят восьмого…

– А с Колей-то что?

– А что ему сделается? Он так танцевал с Зиночкой, не снимая верхней части костюма, что ровно через девять месяцев у них пошли крысята. 

– .Забавно.

– Да, Володя, кто скажет вам, что в СССР секса не было, плюньте ему в лицо. А потом киньте туда камень. Все было. Тогда женщина могла забеременеть оттого, что заходила в комнату, где пять минут назад кто-то делал детей. На каждом советском головастике стоял ГОСТ и знак качества. Отцовство подстерегало меня на каждом шагу, но я не давался. А Коля поднял белый флаг с первого выстрела. Я танцевал у них на свадьбе, как скаженный. Сейчас Коля ходит весь во внуках и говорит мне спасибо. 

– Так при чем тут часы?

– Ах, да. Часы… Разве я не сказал? Их и путевку в санаторий я выменял у Коли на костюм крысы. 

– Хе-хе. Получается, вы променяли Зиночку на часы.

– Вы, конечно, исказили мне картину. Но даже если и так. Я сделал это по дружбе. К тому же, Зиночка была очень советская, а часы – почти швейцарские. Улавливаете две эти крупные разницы? Вы хотите сказать, это не стоит сто гривен?! За Зиночку Цареву?! Это была такая краля… 

– Думаю, стоит, – улыбаюсь и достаю деньги. 

– Учтите, что сегодня я не принимаю купюры, где ноль нарисован только один раз. Мне будет стыдно покласть их в карманы моих парадно-выходных брук. Я хочу достать при моей женщине цельную сотню и пойти с обеими в кафе «Мороженое». 

– Хорошо, дядя Алик, – я нахожу самую нарядную хрустящую сотню. Он с достоинством прячет деньги в карман и уходит. 

А недавно, раскрутив часы, я обнаружил внутри современный механизм с батарейкой и надпись на крышке «Made in China». Ну, что сказать? Мастер...


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не пользоватся самым быстрым и безопасным методом разблокировки смартфона
я не думаю, что сливание ваших отпечатков на сервера гугл, это безопасно)
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$236 всего на жд, рвет это поделие по всем пунктам
там уродская монобровь. да и сам телефон не образец хорошего дизайна
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Когда же лежит ли эко, то он за 3 суток высаживается до 60%
докастомизировались)) оригинальная прошивка, лежал 12 дней — батарея 50%. пишет, что заряда хватит еще на 12 дней
Что не так с этими вашими технологиями?
что-то не так с кастомизаторами)
Косяк 2 — плохое чутье влан
и с этим все отлично
Как ни странно, но дизайн и цвета мне нравятся
вот именно с цветами там проблема. из тех пресетов, которые есть в лееко, никакой не дает натуральные цвета. ищу внешнюю прогу по настройке
Может быть это глюк кастомной прошивки?
не может, а точно
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Pakistan is acquiring 48 Chinese armed drones along with a transfer of technology. The drones are considered a critical weapon against the Russian S-400 missile defense systems that will soon become part of Indian Air Force. The deal also ensures inter-operability between China’s People’s Liberation Army and Pakistan's military.
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And what Cuba can teach the world about going a different route.

Amnesty International’s Secretary General Kumi Naidoo was recently in Puerto Rico. During his trip, Naidoo looked carefully at the aftermath of Hurricane Maria—the Category 4 hurricane in 2017 that tore through the Caribbean. No island in its path was spared, with Dominica’s Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit rightly calling the damage “mindboggling.” Puerto Rico, a part of the United States of America, was struck hard, but not much harder than the other islands. Yet, the relief, rehabilitation and recovery on this island have been slow—paralytically slow. Naidoo’s visit to Puerto Rico comes a year after Hurricane Maria and yet, as he wrote, “it is shocking that so many people are forced to live in such a precarious situation; even worse when they are part of one of the richest nations in the world.”

In January 2018, the Canadian journalist Naomi Klein spent a week in Puerto Rico as a guest of Professors Self-Assembled in Solidarity Resistance (PAReS). In 2017, before the hurricane, students at the University of Puerto Rico had gone on strike to defend public education. PAReS was created by some professors as a way to join the student struggle. Puerto Rico, over the course of the past decade, has been locked in a series of impressive battles over the suffocation of its public institutions by its local government and by its imperial overlords in Washington, D.C. (Puerto Rico is a colony of the United States).

During her visit, Naomi Klein visited not only areas hit hard by the storm and by the planned disregard by the state, but also places of imagination that try to create popular relief and reconstruction. These places included Casa Pueblo (Adjuntas), Dalma Cartagena’s Agriculture in Harmony with the Environment project (Orocovis) and the Mutual Aid Project (Mariana). It is here, in these places of experimentation and love, that Naomi Klein finds the antidote to the disaster capitalism that ruins Puerto Rico—ruined it before the hurricane, ruined it just after the hurricane and proceeds to ruin it for the future. Her report—first published in the Intercept—has now been released in the form of a small book by Haymarket Books.

Puerto Rico’s disaster is clear. Here is an island, part of the United States since the U.S. war on the Spanish Empire in 1898, where the people have little democratic control of its institutions and resources. Public finances in the island are a mess—the island is overwhelmed by $120 billion in debt and pension liabilities. Payment of these debts is constitutionally mandated, with debt servicing draining the state government of the ability to move an agenda to benefit the just over three million Puerto Ricans. Half the population could not find work before the hurricane struck, with public facilities killed off as the local government throttled them of funds. No wonder, then, that protests across the island had become a normal feature of life before Hurricane Maria.

One area of concern had been Puerto Rico’s electricity grid. As Naomi Klein reports, a shocking 98 percent of its electricity comes from fossil fuels. Without any local oil, gas or coal, Puerto Rico receives its fuel by ship, the people buying electricity at rates higher than paid for on the U.S. mainland. The imported fossil fuels and a centralized electricity grid left the island vulnerable to the shock of the hurricane. The grid collapsed in the hurricane, electricity not available for months and even now spotty in many places. Desire to privatize the electricity company is at the top of the list of desires by the U.S. government. Naomi Klein’s concept of disaster capitalism is made for this situation—as a disaster strikes, money is to be made by the oligarchy on the disaster, both on the defaulted bonds and on the privatization of public resources.

Disaster Socialism

Naomi Klein reports on the small voices of hope from Puerto Rico—organic farming that was able to feed people even as industrial food could not be distributed, solar panels on the roofs of cultural centers that provided energy for communities with no power for months on end. These little pockets of an alternative are precisely the norm in another island in the Caribbean—Cuba.

Cuba, like Puerto Rico, was struck hard by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, but the situation there was utterly different. Suffocated by the U.S. embargo and penalized by centuries of colonial plunder, Cuba—after the revolution—has struggled to create new pathways for its people. When a hurricane comes, Cuba prepares by moving its vulnerable population to safety and by detaching its already decentralized power system. The devastation is managed, the recovery as swift as possible. It should startle the reader that even though Cuba was hit by the same hurricane, it offered to send medical personnel and electrical workers to help the people of Puerto Rico (as it had offered help to the people of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, a storm that also struck Cuba with equal velocity).

Disaster socialism is a key part of Cuba’s landscape. Its people are organized into voluntary units and its infrastructure is decentralized to mirror the decentralization of governance on the island.

Pushed by the blockade (since 1963) and by a deep interest in sections of the Cuban Communist Party in ecological socialism, the Cubans held an ecological conference in 1980, created the National Commission for the Protection of the Environment and the Preservation of Natural Resources and passed Law no. 31 in 1981 to protect the environment. It was based on this current inside Cuba that Fidel Castro made the comment at the 1992 UN Rio Conference on Environment and Development, “Tomorrow will be too late to do what we should have done a long time ago.”

Cuba offers a window into country-wide projects based on the principles of agro-ecology—urban farming with biopesticides, farmers cooperatives, ban on construction of homes in coastal areas, Integrated Neighborhood Transformation Workshops (TTIB) that bring together neighbors who have a range of skills to solve problems for their own area. There are limits placed by the embargo and by history—reliance upon fossil fuels is one, while reliance upon food imports is another. But, in terms of the energy grid, after Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Cuba reformed its entire system, phasing out incandescent bulbs and breaking up the energy grid. Cuba plans to have a quarter of its energy needs from renewable sources in the next decades and hopes to deepen its use of renewable energy in the years to come.

What was experienced in Cuba was also experienced recently when the left-government in Kerala, India, and the socially conscious people of Kerala worked hard against the catastrophic floods that struck the state. At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, there is a full dossier on that flood and on the efforts of the left government and of Kerala’s society. The experience in Cuba, in other words, is not cultural—something about the Cuban people. It is structural—something about the benefits of a socialist society and state.

Naomi Klein rightly points out that the Puertopians—the libertarian anti-social capitalists who want to devour the world—seek to turn Puerto Rico into their little paradise. Their vision for Puerto Rico resembles what Cuba was under the control of the U.S. mafia and monopoly capital before the revolution. Their utopia is Cuba, c. 1958. Klein writes of the confrontation between two utopias, that of the Puertopians and that of the agro-ecological forces from Casa Pueblo and Organización Boricuá. But, there is a wider choice—between the savage disaster capitalism pushed by the U.S. government or the socialist experiments in Cuba and Kerala. The former—disaster capitalism—is a vision of states and corporations that drain social energy. The latter—socialism—works alongside social dynamism to create a new world.

This article was produced by Globetrotter, a project of the Independent Media Institute.


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Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions.

Hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires have tested our resolve as individuals, communities and societies. Along with social crises such as political- and war-induced migration, these events provide stark illustrations of our ability to adapt, help and trust one another through informal social networks and formal social institutions.

Trust in our institutions is declining. While some of this distrust might result from direct experience of failing or faltering social systems, cynics and pundits can promote mistrust for financial and social capital through votes and public opinion.

Trust is often woven into our society like an invisible thread, stitching together disparate individuals and distant communities. Effective societies are grounded in a reliance and dependency on others to provide everything from mobile networks, water and sewer services, electricity, education and justice.

In order to mend it where it is broken and reinforce it where it is fraying, we must examine our social tapestry and ask how we can promote trust.

Trustingneighbours, leaders institutions

Trust isn’t an all-or-nothing phenomenon. It can develop between peers and leaders as well as towards institutions and their symbols.

We share a common fate with our peers. Their actions matter to us. When we can, we monitor and regulate their behaviour through direct observation and action. When we can’t, we rely on gossip and other indirect means to learn about others and their values. If we think we have fallen short of their standards, we might increase our efforts. If we think we have exceeded their expectations, we might reduce our efforts.

Not all members of a group have equal status. Experts and leaders occupy central, elevated positions in their social networks — even if only on a temporary basis. Ideally, they have knowledge, competencies and social capital at their disposal that can help the group.

Legitimate expertise is hard won; it takes years to develop. Even if we have competency in one area, expertise is inelastic. It can narrow our focus, leading us to fail to see atypical patterns. That means leaders and experts need to be modest in their claims of expertise.

While credit might be claimed by one leader or the next for the functioning of economic and social systems, ultimately our societies are the end product of generations of cultural evolution supported by co-operation and collaboration.

Over time, groups of experts become embedded within our societies. They become our trusted institutions. Symbols like police badges, military insignia, judges’ robes, stethoscopes and lab coats take on a new significance, conveying and conferring this status.

Symbols become important

Even complex scientific instruments and technology can take on a symbolic meaning beyond their practical utility. These symbols can be used to persuade those inside and outside our group. They can also be used to manipulate our trust.

Like everyone, experts rely on their peers to keep them in check through formal standards and professional organizations. Professions like science, the law and medicine are self-reflective. The debunking of many of Dr. Mehmet Oz’s claims, for example, provides a crucial illustration of this internal regulation.

At their best, these mechanisms ensure that a profession retains its credibility and its access to financial and social resources.

The dangers of failures of trust

The recent hurricane in the United States speaks to concerns about the credibility of professions. Distrust in science played an important role in how people responded to the approach of hurricane Florence. Some residents stayed for practical reasons, including the protection of family, pets and property. Others simply discounted the information or placed their faith in a higher power to protect them.

While this could be seen as an unwavering individualism, it also likely represents a lack of trust in their community and in scientific institutions.

This refusal to defer to the authority of experts and institutions reflects the real cost that breakdowns in social cohesion can have on our lives and our communities. It represents a shift from facts to opinion and rumour.

This isn’t to say institutional flaws should be discounted. While there have been scientific hoaxes, fields like climate science are based on consensus. When choosing to trust others, we must weigh the good and bad. While we cannot ignore misconduct, we must not mistake the actions of a minority for the majority.

Discounting information for temporary reassurance or social gains and supplanting it with bravado and confidence will not make us better decision-makers. We live in the age of data. Only accurate information and successful application will improve our lives and protect us in the future. We need experts and institutions to help us put it to use.

Restructuring our institutions

The vain efforts of China and Rome show us that, despite their symbolism, walls will not keep us safe. They are antiquated solutions to contemporary problems. If we want to avoid a Hobbesian nightmare of all against all, we must regain trust in each other and reverence for our institutions.

We need transparency. Legitimate impediments to rebuilding trust must be identified and acknowledged. Structural inequalities still exist that are associated with race and gender. Although these persistent concerns might be the result of explicit biases, they might also reflect institutional inertia. Rather than attempting to justify them, we must understand these dynamics in order to effectively redress these differences.

Our actions and those of our institutions must be open to question. Questions are a healthy and necessary response to a world filled with uncertainty.

The best decisions are not made by conforming to what we believe are the opinions of our group. We must learn the delicate art of civil discourse and practise authentic dissent.

If we do not question ourselves first, others gladly will.

From the inside, this might appear wasteful and inefficient. From the outside, it might have the appearance of widespread dissent and indecision. That’s democracy.

But when viewed in terms of historical time lines, questioning our own beliefs and those of our group can help us make better decisions. Forecasting the future must be done in terms of decades and centuries, not just election cycles. Whenever possible, we must reason by analogy from the past, compare across cultures and buffer ourselves against the inevitability of unknowns.

Casting a vote for a leader is insufficient. We must hold our leaders to account, regardless of whether we voted for them or against them. We must get involved in our communities, because we are inseparable from them.The Conversation

Jordan Richard Schoenherr, Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Psychology, Carleton University


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Это цитата сообщения Vera_Larionova Оригинальное сообщениеКлипарт девушек разный.Вырезка от Веры Ларионовой.


          Planet Coaster: World's Fair Pack (DLC) angekündigt      Cache   Translate Page      
Frontier Developments hat das World's Fair Pack für Planet Coaster angekündigt. Die Erweiterung wird am 16. Oktober 2018 für 10,99 Euro erscheinen. Der DLC umfasst zehn internationale Szenerien, zwei neue Coaster, 300 Bauelemente und mehr als 60 Landschaftselemente.
Das World's Fair Pack beinhaltet:
  • "Zehn neue, internationale Szenerien die von China, den USA, Frankreich, Marokko, Italien, Deutschland, Japan, Großbritannien, Mexiko und Spanien inspiriert wurden
  • Die neue Transport-Bahn: Polarity - eine fahrerlose magnetgetriebene Bahn
  • Den Jixxer und Intercepter: Ein duellierendes Duo, welches sich mit Motorrad-Wägen eine hyper-dynamische Verfolgungsjagd liefert - angefeuert durch einen Hochgeschwindigkeits-Hydraulik-Antrieb, starten die Motorräder auf einer Bahn mit zwei separaten Spuren ihr Rennen
  • Über 300 maßgeschneiderte Bauelemente mit kulturellen Requisiten, Beschilderungen, Zäunen und Pfaden decken die Erscheinungsbilder der zehn Länder ab"
Zusätzlich zum World's Fair Pack gibt es ein kostenloses Update auf Version 1.8 für alle Spieler. Es beinhaltet neue Restaurants, Verkaufsautomaten und einige Verbesserungen (zum Change-Log).

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          AutoComplete: Ford goes sci-fi by adding graphene to its cars video - Roadshow      Cache   Translate Page      
Plus: Daimler and Geely are considering teaming up in China and the new Bronco may get seven gears and three pedals.
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reported significant progress in his talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on a visit to continue negotiations over nuclear disarmament on the Korean peninsula. The process has been fraught with mistrust, stemming from decades of hostile relations, and the United States trade war with China could put a damper on plans for collaboration. John Yang reports.
          Notebook | Assessing Preseason Following China Farewell      Cache   Translate Page      
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          Markets sulumped on perfect cocktail uncertainty - 【寰宇金融】長債溢價高企及降准效果成疑不利市場      Cache   Translate Page      

Global markets fared pretty badly on Monday as US 10 year bond yield has broken record high first time in 7 years last Friday. Markets anticipated US Fed would likely to escalate its rate hike schedule in the near future. 

On the other hand, China Central bank slashed 1%  off banking reserve requirement but markets reacted just as bad, leading Asian Pacific area region markets sell off. Dow Jones largely mirrored global markets trend but recovered at the last hour.

On the other hand, ASX 200 fell to its 7 year low, led down by material stocks, the question is asked if the price of iron ore could maintain its upward momentum in the near and  medium term, Morgan’s Asian Desk Chief, Raymond Chan, will shed light on it.






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          China and HK Express: Top local primary school in hot water - 【中港快讯】沙田着名小学被指有人挪用公款      Cache   Translate Page      

In Hong Kong, a top local primary school was accused misappropriate overseas trips funds. Renee Cheung reports.



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          HEADLINE: Horor Likuifaksi di Palu Berpotensi Terulang, Apa Solusinya?      Cache   Translate Page, Jakarta - Arisan sedang menanam terung saat azan maghrib berkumandang. Pria 45 tahun itu segera menghentikan aktivitasnya untuk menunaikan ibadah salat. Namun, ia tak kuasa melangkah. Dahsyatnya guncangan gempa magnitudo 7,4 pada Jumat 28 September 2018 membuat tubuhnya tak berdaya.

Istrinya, Zumiati yang sedang memasak berusaha keras keluar. "Gempa!," teriak perempuan itu. Rumah mereka sudah doyong. Suara tembok yang retak terdengar mengerikan. Segala benda berjatuhan, termasuk wajan, panci, sodet dan segala perabotan yang ada di dapur. 

Tiba-tiba bumi terbelah. Lumpur muncrat deras. "Tanah sudah tidak karuan. Naik turun. Tidak ada tempat berlindung. Kita mau injak tanah amblas lagi, tidak ada yang rata," kata warga Biromaru, Sigi itu kepada, Senin (8/10/2018). 

Arisan kemudian menyaksikan rumah-rumah di kampungnya bergeser ke arah timur. Ia dan keluarganya segera menyelamatkan diri ke tanggul Petobo. Pria itu hanya bisa menatap sedih tempat tinggalnya yang hancur terbelah tiga, lalu amblas di tengah kubangan lumpur.  

Arisan menduga, tanah di kampungnya amblas sekitar empat meter disebabkan lokasinya di daerah persawahan. "Di atas irigasi-irigasinya mungkin air meresap ke tanah semua. Makanya, tanahnya itu goyang," kata dia.

Ia mengaku tak pernah mendengar cerita atau hikayat tentang tanah padat yang tiba-tiba mencair dan bergerak naik turun seperti ombak. Apalagi mendengar kata likuifaksi (liquefaction) atau 'tanah yang mencair', yang menjelaskan peristiwa horor yang dialaminya. 

Peristiwa serupa juga terjadi di Kompleks Balaroa, Palu. Bahkan lebih parah. Area seluas 47,8 hektar hancur karena likuifaksi. Sekitar 1.747 rumah amblas bersama segala isinya, termasuk manusia-manusia di dalamnya.

Zainal sedang ada di kantor saat gempa mengguncang. Ia pun lari tunggang-langgang menuju rumahnya di Perumnas Balaroa. Hatinya tak karuan memikirkan nasib istrinya, Hilda dan anak-anak mereka. 

Belum sampai ke tujuan, ia bertemu keluarganya. "Kami melihat rumah kami masuk ke dalam tanah," ucap dia. "Hampir 100 persen rumah rata dengan tanah, banyak korban meninggal."

Tak hanya kehilangan tempat tinggal. Zainal juga kehilangan tujuh anggota keluarganya. Sementara, lima lainnya dipastikan meninggal dunia. 

Kini, tak lagi ada seruan-seruan minta tolong yang sempat terdengar pada awal kejadian likuifaksi. 

Tanah di Balaroa sudah mengeras, meski belum padat. Tim SAR, TNI, dan relawan terpaksa menggunakan alat berat untuk mengevakuasi korban yang masih tertimbun. 

Karena likuifaksi berpotensi terjadi di tempat yang sama. Peristiwa mengerikan ini mungkin akan terulang. Entah kapan.

Infografis Likuifaksi Fenomena Tanah Bergerak (

Tak Boleh Dihuni

Usai mengalami likuifaksi, tiga kelurahan di Kota Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, yaitu Petobo, Balaroa dan Jono Oge akan ditutup dan tak lagi dijadikan hunian masyarakat.

Kepala Pusat Data, Informasi dan Humas BNPB Sutopo Purwo Nugroho mengatakan, pemerintah berencana membangun ruang terbuka hijau dan monumen untuk dijadikan sebagai tempat bersejarah.

"Lokasi likuifaksi itu akan ditutup dan akan dijadikan ruang terbuka hijau serta menjadi memorial park atau tempat bersejarah dan akan dibangun monumen," kata Sutopo di Kantor BNPB, Jakarta Timur, Selasa (9/10/2018).

Selain itu, ia mengungkapkan, para korban yang selamat dari musibah itu akan menggelar doa bersama untuk mereka yang tewas. Doa bersama rencana akan dilakukan pada Kamis besok.

Doa bersama itu juga bertepatan dengan berakhirnya masa pencarian korban di lokasi likuifaksi Kota Palu. Penghentian pencarian tersebut mempertimbangkan kondisi jenazah yang ditemukan dalam keadaan terurai dan sudah tak lagi dikenali.

"Korban yang berhasil dievakuasi, jika sudah 14 hari itu sudah melepuh atau susah dikenali. Jenazah yang ditemukan langsung dimakamkan. Karena berpotensi menimbulkan penyakit," ungkap Sutopo.

Sebelumnya, Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) akan menghentikan pencarian korban meninggal dunia pada Kamis besok di Kota Palu, Sulawesi Tengah. Wilayah yang akan dihentikan itu yakni di Kelurahan Petobo, Balaroa dan Jono Oge.

Sutopo mengatakan, ketiga daerah yang dihentikan untuk pencarian korban itu merupakan wilayah yang terjadi atau terkena likuifaksi. "Jadi mulai 11 Oktober 2018 secara resmi proses evakuasi disetop," kata Sutopo.

Saksikan video terkait likuifaksi berikut ini: 

Nalodo yang Terlupakan

Pantauan udara ratusan rumah terendam lumpur dan tanah di Petobo, Palu Selatan, Sulawesi Tengah, Rabu (3/10). Fenomena likuifaksi tersebut terjadi pasca gempa berkekuatan 7,4. ( Pradolo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Bencana rangkap tiga melanda Palu dan sekitarnya pada 28 September 2018: gempa, tsunami, dan likuifaksi.

Kepala Pusat Gempa dan Tsunami BMKG Rahmat Triyono mengatakan, hal itu tergolong unik.  "Kejadian ini juga belum pernah ada dalam sejarah kegempaan, meskipun dalam gempa paling diikuti likuifaksi iya, gempa diikuti tsunami iya dan itu enggak semua. Nah ini semua terjadi di Palu, gempa, tsunami dan likuifaksi," kata dia saat dihubungi, Selasa (9/10/2018). 

Sejatinya bukan kali ini saja likuifaksi melanda Palu. Rahmat mengatakan, terdapat riwayat likuifaksi di ibu kota Sulawesi tengah itu. Namun, kisah tentang malapetaka itu tak diwariskan hingga generasi saat ini. 

Di wilayah tersebut, dikenal istilah nalodo yang berarti amblas dihisap lumpur. "Itu sudah pernah terjadi beberapa puluhan tahun lalu, itu sudah ada," kata dia.

Dia mengatakan, ke depan perlu ada survei mengenai titik mana saja yang rawan likuifaksi. Tim dari geologi atau BMKG harus turun memetakan tata kota Palu ke depan, mana yang aman dan mana yang bahaya.

Rahmat menyebutkan, tanah bekas likuifaksi sebaiknya tidak digunakan lagi. Sebab, sejarah bisa kembali berulang di masa depan. Jika gempa kembali mengguncang.

Senada, Peneliti Puslit Geoteknologi LIPI Adrin Tohari menambahkan, lebih baik masyarakat yang menempati kawasan bekas likuifaksi direlokasi. Selain mahal, perbaikan untuk memadatkan tanah justru berpotensi bahaya.

"Karena likuifaksi juga akan terjadi terus menerus. Kalau terjadi bencana yang sangat kuat, tanah itu akan terus mengalami likuifaksi di lokasi yang sama," kata dia kepada

Adrin mengatakan, tidak masalah bila lahan bekas likuifaksi dijadikan tempat budi daya seperti pertanian dan perkebunan, atau untuk olahraga. Asal, jangan untuk kawasan hunian.

Pemetaan di Palu juga harus diperjelas, mana yang rawan terkena dampak tsunami, guncangan gempa, dan likuifaksi. 

Mengapa Hanya di Beberapa Titik?

Adrin Tohari mengatakan, ada pertanyaan besar yang belum terjawab, mengapa likuifaksi hanya terjadi di beberapa titik saja seperti Balaroa, Petobo, hingga Jono Oge. 

Kemungkinan besar, kata dia, ada faktor di bawah permukaan tanah yang mengontrol fenomena likuifaksi di daerah tersebut.

"Ini yang jadi pertanyaan kami untuk ketahui. Faktor apa yang kontrol likuifaksi dahsyat di lokasi itu," kata Adrin.

Dia mengatakan, wilayah yang mengalami likuifaksi harus dihindari, terutama untuk hunian. Namun, likuifaksi yang berupa semburan pasir masih bisa diatasi, dengan bangunan yang ditinggikan.

"Ketika likuifaksi, air ke atas akan merusak lantai rumah, dan penurunan pondasi. Jadi pondasi harus kuat untuk tempat tinggal. Lantai harus dinaikkan. Kalau misalnya bangunan bertingkat, pondasi harus dalam dan lapisan tanah keras," kata dia.

Dia mengatakan, untuk wilayah lingkup perumahan, harus diperbaiki kepadatan tanahnya karena likuifaksi terjadi di tanah gembur. Tanah padat, ketika menerima guncangan gempa, tidak akan menimbulkan likuifaksi.

Metode pemadatan tanah juga harys digunakan untuk proyek pembangunan infrastuktur penting seperti di bandara, pelabuhan, yang dekat dengan laut.

Masyarakat terutama di daerah pesisir, ketika membangun rumah, diimbau agar lantai dibuatseperti semi panggung. Hal ini berkaca dari gempa Padang 2009. Kala itu, banyak bangunan yang rusak dan lantainya naik setengah meter sementara pondasi turun setengah meter, namun bangunan masih utuh berdiri.

Sementara itu, Ahli Geologi dari Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) Imam Sadisun mengatakan, llikuifaksi terjadi di tanah yang jenuh air, di endapan lepas, di mana konsolidasi tanah tak terlalu padat, hingga muka air tanah yang tidak terlalu dalam.

Likuifaksi bisa dipicu gempa kekuatan magnitudo di atas 5 dan yang kedalamannya dangkal.

Imam menyatakan, likuifaksi di Palu dan sekitarnya sangat dahsyat. Berbeda dengan wilayah lain yang tidak mengakibatkan kerusakan masif.

"Di Lombok ada retakan keluar pasir dan keluar air seperti muncrat membawa material pasir dan sumur penduduk keluar pasir," kata Iman. Selain Palu dan Lombok, likuifaksi juga terjadi saat gempa di Aceh pada 2004, Yogyakarta dan Bengkulu."

Imam mengatakan, likuifaksi terjadi pada kedalaman kurang dari 20 meter, artinya tanah yang sifatnya menjadi air dalamnya tidak lebih dari 20 meter. Jadi, jika ada bangunan dengan pondasi sedalam 50 hingga 100 meter, baru dipastikan aman dari bahaya.


Niigata hingga Sodom

Pantauan udara ratusan rumah terendam lumpur dan tanah di Petobo, Palu, Sulawesi Tengah, Rabu (3/10). Fenomena likuifaksi merupakan hilangnya kekuatan tanah akibat besarnya massa dan volume lumpur yang keluar pasca gempa. ( Pradolo)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Ini yang dikisahkan dalam kitab suci tiga agama, Yahudi, Kristen, dan Islam: api dan belerang panas berjatuhan dari langit. Sementara itu, bumi gonjang-ganjing. Kota Sodom dan Gomora binasa dalam sekejap. Hilang tertelan Bumi. Situasi dramatis itu dipicu kemarahan Tuhan atas dosa-dosa para penghuninya.

Apakah Sodom dan Gomora hanya sekedar kisah atau nyata terjadi, para arkeolog, ilmuwan gempa, dan ahli agama belum mencapai kata sepakat.

Namun, pada tahun 2011, ahli geologi asal Inggris Graham Harris dan Anthony Beardow mengungkapkan, dua kota tersebut mungkin nyata. Letaknya diduga di semenanjung Laut Mati.

"Mungkin kita akan menemukan benda-benda dari kota itu. Misalnya tanda 'kereta kuda dlarang masuk' di luar balai kota Sodom," kata Harris seperti dikutip dari Independent.

Dalam jurnal Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology, kedua ilmuwan berpendapat bahwa kisah Sodom dan Gomorah, didasarkan pada realitas geologis, bukan mitos belaka.

Harris yakin, kota Sodom terkubur di bawah lapisan lumpur dan puing-puing. Pun dengan manusia-manusia di dalamnya.  

Para ilmuwan juga mencoba menguak misteri penyebab lenyapnya Sodom dan Gomora yang diperkirakan terjadi sekitar tahun 1900 SM. Tersangkanya, menurut Harris dan Beardow adalah likuifaksi.

Pendapat tersebut didukung catatan sejarah tentang peradaban masa lalu yang musnah ditelan bumi. 

Misalnya, di Yunani pada abad ke-4 SM, sebuah kota hancur oleh likuifaksi atau runtuhnya tanah dalam peristiwa gempa bumi. Di Kansu, China, sebuah area yang sangat luas hilang karena likuifaksi pada tahun 1920.

Dan, yang terpenting pantai timur Laut Mati -- di mana Sodom dan Gomora diperkirakan berada, terletak di sepanjang patahan geologi, di mana gempa bumi sering terjadi.

Lindu besar, kata para ahli geologi, bisa menyebabkan likuifaksi dalam skala yang cukup besar untuk menelan kota Sodom, pun dengan Gomora.

Gambaran apokaliptik bak negara dunia saat Sodom tenggelam di dalam tanah, mungkin dipicu bitumen yang terbakar. Yang menimbulkan efek seperti hujan api.

Sementara, seperti dikutip dari situs Berkeley Seismology Lab, kali pertama para seismolog mengetahui secara utuh peristiwa likuifaksi adalah pada 1964.

Kala itu, pada 16 Juni 1964 sekitar pukul 13.01 waktu setempat, gempa dengan magnitudo 7,5 atau 7,6 mengguncang Niigata, Jepang.

Kota Niigata, yang baru saja pulih dari kebakaran besar pada tahun 1955, rusak berat akibat guncangan dahsyat juga likuifaksi.

Dampak likuifaksi akibat gempa di Niigata, Jepang pada 1964 (Wikipedia/Public Domain)#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000

Sejumlah bangunan apartemen tenggelam ke tanah atau bahkan terbalik saat tanah padat berubah cair dan kehilangan daya topangnya.


          Пожежа на складах поблизу Ічні: вогонь локалізували на третину, але вибухи досі інтенсивні      Cache   Translate Page      
У Генеральному штабі повідомили, що вдалося локалізувати вже 35 відсотків пожежі. Однак вибухи досі інтенсивні – 1 на 4-5 хвилин.

Про це повідомляє Генштаб на своїй сторінці у Facebook.

Так, до локалізації та ліквідації пожежі залучили 230 військовослужбовців та 43 одиниці техніки пожежних та інженерних підрозділів Збройних Сил України.

Зокрема пожежні танки ГПМ-54, пожежні автомобілі, інженерні машини розгородження ІМР-2, безпілотні літальні апарати для аеророзвідки,
– йдеться у повідомленні.

У ЗСУ запевняють, що всі військовослужбовці строкової служби були евакуйовані та не залучаються до ліквідації наслідків надзвичайної події. Окрім того, налагоджена взаємодія залучених сил та засобів від ЗС України з підрозділами від ДСНС України, Нацгвардії та Нацполіції.

Нагадаємо, раніше у Генштабі Міноборони заявили, що увечері 9 жовтня має розпочатися гасіння пожежі, яка спровокувала детонацію боєприпасів на військових складах поблизу Ічні. За словами, журналістки 24 каналу, сапери розпочнуть розмінувати територію 10 жовтня.

Дивіться відео про вибухи на військових складах біля Ічні 9 жовтня:

хроніка подій


Ічня вибухи боєприпаси

          Україна звернеться до НАТО через вибухи боєприпасів поблизу Ічні      Cache   Translate Page      
Президент України Петро Порошенко закликав міністерства оборони та закордонних справ звернутися до Північно-Атлантичного Альянсу у зв'язку із ситуацією на арсеналах поблизу Ічні, де сталася пожежа, а потім почали вибухати боєприпаси. За його словами, представники НАТО мають допомогти реформувати систему безпечного збереження боєприпасів в Україні.

Відповідний допис з’явився на його сторінці у Facebook.

"У зв'язку з надзвичайною ситуацією на військових складах в Ічні доручив Міноборони та МЗС залучити матеріально-технічну та консультативну допомогу НАТО для реформування системи безпечного збереження боєприпасів", – підкреслив гарант.

За його словами, членам НАТО буде передано докладний перелік необхідних матеріально-технічних засобів для забезпечення подальшої безпеки військових складів.

"Стандарти НАТО мають бути негайно запровадженими і в цій стратегічно важливій сфері", – наголосив гарант.



          Серйозний промах Xiaomi Mi Band 3: трекер "нащупав" пульс у паперу      Cache   Translate Page      
Один із найпопулярніших фітнес-трекерів у світі Xiaomi Mi Band 3 часто піддається критиці щодо точності його роботи. Тепер девайс дав новий привід для критики, серйозно "облажавшись" під час тесту.

Про це повідомляє GizmoChina.

Так, під час експерименту ентузіасти закріпили Xiaomi Mi Band 3 на рулоні серветок і спробували виміряти "серцевий ритм" паперу. І девайс таки знайшов пульс – на дисплеї апарата висвітилось 71 удар в хвилину.

Тож, цей тест демонструє, що показники Mi Band 3 не можуть гарантувати точного результату. А відтак, якщо у користувачів є проблеми із серцевим ритмом, то краще відвідувати лікаря, а не покладатись на свій гаджет.

Xiaomi Mi Band 3

Xiaomi Mi Band 3 виміряв пульс паперові 

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Jaguar Land Rover will close its Solihull factory for two weeks from October 22, on the back of falling demand in the Chinese market. The British carmaker saw sales in China fall 46.2 per cent in September. The company blamed tariff changes and the ongoing trade war with the US as the main factors in the decline. Jaguar Land Rover's global sales in September were down 12.3 per cent, although year-to-date sales are down just 4.0 per cent.
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The noise that surrounds economic relations between the United States and China is amping up exponentially. You can thank the latest trade wars for that, as fresh tensions boil over between the two nations who are currently trading new tariffs on imports, with no shortage of ill will underpinning the moves.

But the Chinese government’s ire is not just outward-facing. As a country where ICOs are currently not allowed, exchanges have had their bank accounts frozen, and internet and mobile access to cryptocurrency trading information has been banned, China is taking an equally hard line on a wide range of crypto-centric activities within its own borders. All this despite a stark dichotomy, wherein over 50 percent of the worldwide mining population resided within its borders in 2017, and cryptocurrency adoption is outpacing most other countries.

While trade war bullets may be flying thick and fast between these two mega-economies, the key to a better Chinese blockchain sector just may be unlocked by deploying cooperative forces in the United States, as seen by the recent launch of a New York City office for the China Blockchain Application Center (CBAC). The CBAC NY was founded with the hope of paving the way for rapid blockchain adoption in China, in part by picking up regulatory best practices from the United States, all while fostering blockchain and crypto collaboration between the two nations.

An early-stage, non-governmental organization (NGO) established in 2015, the CBAC collaborates with regulatory bodies to develop comprehensive regulations, encourage the application of blockchain technology in traditional industries, and connect Chinese practitioners with peers around the world. By helping to develop increased regulations, blockchain industry applications and international connections, members of the CBAC are hoping to elevate blockchain’s role in China’s $12 trillion economy.

Crypto Challenges in China

One of the speakers at a well-attended August launch party in NYC’s financial district was Stewie Zhu, founder and CEO of the distributed banking public blockchain Distributed Credit Chain (DCC), and a standing committee member of the CBAC. While ICO scams and other bad actors have significantly hindered progress in his home country, Zhu sees plenty of near-term potential for crypto and blockchain technology there.

“While China has prohibited the sale of new cryptocurrencies through ICOs since early last September, there is still a big appetite for the application of blockchain technology,” Zhu told Bitcoin Magazine. “In fact, a [recent] Chinese Supreme Court ruling has stated that blockchain technology can be used to authenticate evidence in legal contexts. The trading of cryptocurrencies is possible, but the government is trying to create financial stability to minimize any illegal activity. The Chinese government is eager to make considerable strides on the technology front, and while stringent, they are trying to ensure that cryptocurrency trading is done responsibly.

“There are challenges behind blockchain technology as it relates to banking,” Zhu continued, “because it requires a reconstruction of long-standing relationships in the current market, as well as time for citizens to understand the mechanisms behind using blockchain. Companies may need to make significant changes to their daily operations to incorporate blockchain, not to mention the time and resources needed for pre-application research.”

Zhu pointed out that it also takes time for private citizens to fully understand and trust cryptocurrency. Between price swings and security vulnerabilities, they may be leery of entering the market, he believes.

“Given the volatility in the crypto market and the negative news about problematic ICOs, individual customers can be cautious of tokens,” he said. “Security is also an issue. Blockchain technology is not perfect. We still need more R&D to develop ways to prevent potential threats such as the 51% attack, where an organization controlling the majority of network mining power can prevent transactions by others and allow its own coin to be spent twice (double spending). So long as these threats exist, many companies may not see blockchain as a practical tool.”

Part of a Bigger Picture

A successful push by the Chinese government to instill crypto confidence goes beyond better banking and protecting consumers, however.

“The Chinese government is trying to shift the economy from manufacturing-based to a more value-added, services-based, to move from being the factory of the world to being the service provider of the world, which is a natural economic evolution that you would expect from any country as they try to level-up,” Zennon Kapron observed in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine. Kapron is the founder of Kapronasia, a Singapore-based firm focused on providing insights into Asia's financial industry.

“China has always tried to stay ahead and it’s used technology as a way of leveraging that with things like AI, machine learning, and some of the camera/surveillance technology as a way for the country to differentiate itself. From an economic perspective, it’s a very challenging transition to make because you're trying to shift demands from import/export to domestic consumption, while you've got a banking system that's relatively new that has a lot of challenges internally. So the government wants to avoid risk to the financial system, as well as the economy as a whole, and largely a lot of the pushback that we've seen from the government on cryptocurrencies is because of that.”

While Kapron is guarded on the immediate impact of blockchain on banking within China, he sees a real near-future need for applying distributed ledger to other fields.

“If we look at health records and food provenance in China, in certain ways [blockchain] would allow China to become coordinated and move much quicker, so the government is very open to the idea of launching technology and seems to be very supportive of it. That support is coming from the idea that, first of all, there are challenges that can be solved and, second of all, if they establish a leading edge around blockchain that could be a competitive advantage for them going forward.”

For Zhu, however, the most tantalizing possibilities for blockchain, in China and elsewhere, lay firmly within the financial realm.

“Blockchain can provide a comprehensive solution to multiple problems in the current financial industry,” he stated. “First off, it provides a decentralized structure, which will break the data monopoly of big, traditional banks and allows individual customers to control their own information. Second, the information on the chain cannot be changed or tampered with, which helps to enhance data security, one of the most important aspects in credit and banking. Third, while enhancing data security, blockchain also helps improve transparency, because every action is recorded on a smart contract and is always trackable.

“In my opinion, the philosophy behind blockchain is security and sharing,” added Zhu. “This technology connects people around the world, allowing them to access reliable information in a more efficient manner.”

Zhu has applied this outlook to his twin goals of growing his company, DCC, while also improving the CBAC’s prospects. For the industry to succeed, he believes it needs to embrace the same cooperation that blockchain facilitates by design.

“Collaboration is very important for companies in the tech sector, especially in an emerging industry like blockchain,” he said. “By joining the CBAC, I’d like to create a connection between the Chinese government authorities, as well as unite projects from both geographies and accelerate development processes. We would like to help our peers and DCC connect with additional experts in the space so that we can grow together at a much faster rate.

“Any new industry, at its birth, will experience volatility before the period of stable, healthy growth. I’d like to work as an active member of the CBAC on the development of industrial regulations, so that the blockchain industry will become more organized, allowing individual companies to fully unleash their potential.”

Coming to America

With the launch of a New York City presence, the CBAC is looking to foster collaboration not just between companies but between countries. Despite the many stumbles of Wall Street and the SEC in their approaches to crypto, Zhu maintains that both entities represent a “gold standard” of regulation, and the CBAC NY is in place specifically to model their best practices.

“As many countries are exploring and experimenting regulations for the blockchain industry, the U.S. is at the forefront and is doing a good job of placing certain safeguards and protection for investors stepping into the ICO world,” he said. “For example, the SEC is taking steps to create regulatory standards with the ‘Howey Test’ which determines whether cryptocurrencies are securities and thus subject to federal securities laws. Also, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission’s Office of Investor Education and Advocacy (OIEA) has published a report that seeks to warn investors of the potential ‘risks associated with self-directed Individual Retirement Accounts (self-directed IRAs)’ in which ICOs and cryptocurrencies are highlighted.”

Backed by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Financial Work, the CBAC NY’s mission is to arrange meetings with U.S. regulators and lawyers to gain insight into how the U.S. is setting such standards. From there, the organization will work to push those standards to the top of regulatory authorities in China to help create change. Ultimately, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology develops policies for the blockchain industry.

Seizing Momentum

A range of attendees present at the CBAC NY launch, including blockchain projects, entrepreneurs, regulators, academics, investment firms and exchanges across China and the U.S., indicated the high stakes and hopes for the organization’s success.

“The promise of decentralization and the new platforms and applications currently in development is to lead towards a much more connected world that will make financial value transfer faster, easier, and cheaper,” David Namdar, co-head of trading for the crypto asset merchant bank Galaxy Digital, told Bitcoin Magazine. “As the regulatory landscape develops globally, the CBAC can be instrumental in helping China to regulate blockchain in a way that leads toward greater involvement in an improved global financial ecosystem.

“I have been spending more and more time in Asia this year as we’ve expanded Galaxy Digital to Hong Kong and Tokyo,” Namdar continues, “and have been blown away by the amount of activity and enthusiasm around cryptocurrencies and blockchain applications. In China, I believe there is a lot of momentum as more and more people become educated about the space and understand the technology and it’s potential. However, it continues to be an important challenge to promote innovation around actual uses while curbing speculation.”

While classifying the record of non-profit organizations in influencing Chinese government policy as “hit or miss,” Kapronasia’s Zennon Kapron sees how an improved blockchain ecosystem could translate into major gains for the country with the world’s largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity.

“Certainly, China has become an epicenter of blockchain development,” he stated, “and China moves at China speed: [For example] we did a study a couple of years ago and we looked at cash usage in China. You think about China being a very cash-driven society. 60 percent of all retail transactions in 2010 were done with cash, and we expect that to drop in half to 30 percent by 2020. That shift, considering the population and considering the amount of money that that represents is massive. China can move very quickly on something like this, and so when we look at blockchain development in general and then regulation around blockchain, China could very well be a leader in this space as we go forward.”

“In China, the blockchain industry is growing quickly,” Zhu affirmed. “According to CoinTelegraph, in 2017, the most patent filings for blockchain technology to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) came from China, so we anticipate further applications of blockchain in China in the form of innovation in technology and banking/Internet finance. As I mentioned earlier, China is already using blockchain in a legal context and this type of growth will only continue to increase.”

With its massive footprint, rich resources, deep talent and influencers like the CBAC at work, China looms as a tempting frontier for outside operators in search of the ultimate blockchain destination.

“One of our core missions is to help grow the entire industry globally through technological development, investment and sensible regulation,” says Namdar. “Groups like the CBAC play an important role in education and cross-collaboration efforts with wide-reaching global impact.”

Still, in the eyes of educated observers like Kapron, it’s too early to say definitively if China, crypto and blockchain technology are bound for a copacetic outcome.

“I think we've seen very positive output from them in terms of their opinion and the way they think it could go, but that could change rapidly if there is a risk to the financial system,” he said.

“We're at the very early days right now, and, for most investors or either funds or individuals overseas that are looking at investing in Chinese blockchain projects, it's critical to understand the ecosystem. There are potentially outsized returns in China from some of these platforms, but it still remains to be seen how successful they are and how much the government allows things to move forward.”

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

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You don’t need to be an agriculture expert to see the writing on the wall. Current farming methods just aren’t working anymore for most farmers of the world.

There are 2 billion smallholder farms managing fewer than five acres (PDF). They are growing most of the world’s food, but if you have ever visited China, India or any African country, you will have seen the challenges of their reality: yields aren’t what they used to be; climate change, drought and pesticides are getting stronger; and kids are moving to the city. For these farmers, the difference between a good and a bad crop can mean the difference between survival and starvation for them and their families. With even a modest improvement in productivity, lives can be dramatically impacted.  

It’s not just farmers themselves who have a stake in improving the system. Improving agricultural practices has also become a key political issue in many countries, such as India, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi has vowed to double the income of its 200 million farmers by 2022. The government of Vietnam has pledged incentives to help the country’s farmers remain competitive while managing the ever-growing challenge of climate change.

Politicians today can make these promises because they know they are on the cusp of a tech revolution. Low-cost sensors coupled with the internet have created an industry called IoT, or the internet of things. It’s where your hardware can go online and interface with the internet. Most people know Alexa as one of the most common home solutions; self-driving cars are soon to be in the same league.

So what about self-driving farms? Ones where hundreds of sensors listen to the plants and automate critical parts of the process, helping farmers avoid a locust invasion or tumbling prices at the market. Farming solutions can easily monitor soil temperature, water levels and other critical metrics that can be delivered as simple insights to help farmers understand and respond to environmental conditions with precision never before possible. One step further and farms can eventually plant and manage themselves. It’s not a far-fetched dream.

But, when it comes to putting IoT farming technology into practice, there remains a steep challenge. To date, most of the “smart” farming devices that exist are only accessible to big chemical and food corporations. They are siloed technologies in that the data they collect stays in very specific buckets, not to be shared with humankind, ever. These technologies are prohibitively expensive and complicated to use.

There is a reason why analysts label companies like Monsanto, an agriculture behemoth with revenues of $15 billion a year that was acquired by Bayer this year, the “best internet of things” stock investment. Historically, these corporations have held the power of IoT-assisted farming almost solely in their hands, leaving the world’s small-scale farmers to toil away with the same technology they have used for centuries. Megacorps like Monsanto and Syngenta like the deal because this is where so much revenue comes from: the toil and struggles of the small-hold farmer who must use augmented seeds and pesticides to match those seeds. If they don’t “buy in,” there will be no crop.

Individual solutions are popping up everywhere, from smart drip irrigation to optimal fertilizer use, yet they are continually being developed in silos instead of taking into account all potential interactions. Ninety-nine percent of these companies are built to be sold to tech giants. The founders of these companies see an opportunity to greenwash “environmental advancements” for lucrative commercial opportunities. They don’t care about, nor do they see, the big picture.

At Flux Protocol, a team of passionate dreamers and dedicated doers believe that this state of affairs is finally set to change. By developing MICO, a low-cost, open-hardware platform that connects to any quality analog or digital sensor paired with a data encapsulation standard and an incentivization layer for distributed storage and intelligence, the Flux solution will extend the benefits of smart farming to everyone and unlock a future of abundance for all.

The Problem With IoT Farming

As far as IoT farming goes, we have the technology. What we don’t have is a good way to place it in the hands of the people who need it most.

That’s primarily because the lion’s share of smart device development for the agriculture industry is controlled by large corporations. Their goal — understandably enough to them (not to us) — is to leverage IoT devices to improve yields for their own crops, and those of their partners, including big banks and despots. As a result, smallholder or subsistence farmers are left out of the equation.

Small-hold farmers, the very farmers we are rooting for here at Flux, have yet to realize a direct benefit from the IoT revolution as a whole. Existing IoT and blockchain implementations have mostly been centered around supply chain solutions collecting information only after their products have been harvested and left the farm.

Small individual farmers have benefited relatively little from these supply chain solutions. It’s fairly intuitive to use technology to monitor the inventory of a harvested bushel of fruit. It’s much harder, and more expensive, to acquire and maintain IoT sensors that will continuously collect data from their natural systems, like soil temperature, humidity, carbon sequestration, water retention, etc. With Flux, however, these marginalized farmers are able to comprehensively track the process from seed to harvest, or from calf to bull. Not only do these insights help increase harvest yields and reduce input expenditures, Flux-enabled sensors also aid in verifying organic or grass-fed status, earning the farmer significantly more revenue.

MICO and the Democratization of IoT Farming

MICO-based solutions, which are being developed by the Flux team, promise to change this.

You can think of MICO as the Raspberry Pi or military-grade Arduinos of IoT farming. They are small, flexible and extensible electronic boards that serve a variety of purposes and use cases. With 16 inputs and outputs (IOs) that connect any off-the-shelf analog or digital sensor combined with mesh networking capabilities, MICO-based solutions provide any grower with an opportunity to collect natural data points regardless of their location or the size of their growing operation.

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By deploying MICO-based devices, farmers can start collecting the exact data points needed to improve their future harvest(s). This could be rainfall levels for a farmer struggling to keep crops irrigated or air temperature for a home grower concerned with optimizing growing conditions in an artificial environment. It could be water salinity levels for an aquafarming site or benchmarking fields for growers trying to determine which part of their land is suitable for the upcoming season.

With a base price of around $25, MICO circuit boards will be affordable for anyone, not just big agricultural companies. As the project evolves, Flux will be creating a number of MICO-based solutions directly aimed at empowering farmers with a variety of different needs.

Developer-Friendly IoT Farming

The power of MICO-based devices goes further than just providing an affordable way to collect natural data. These solutions are just one component of a larger framework that empowers developers to create custom applications that transform natural data into AI-derived insights and value.

Part of that framework is a new data standard that Flux is developing, and which the newly hatched TARA Alliance will be evangelizing to any individual or entity collecting environmental data. By making it easy to share data, the protocol will help farmers build solutions that can help their peers maximize the collective value of the data being captured. On top of its open data standard, the TARA Alliance will promulgate its standard and solutions addressing a wide range of issues that NGOs, governments and academia are seeking to impact.

With this in mind, Flux incentivizes farmers to collect data and build new MICO-based solutions via a native token, FLUX. When collected data is used to produce insights on the platform, the creators of that data will be rewarded in FLUX tokens on a pro-rata basis. Additionally, developers are encouraged to build new applications and solutions on the open market, thanks to bounties hosted on the protocol.

What about farmers or developers who lack the capital to develop novel IoT-assisted farming solutions? Flux has an answer for these people, too. Flux’s Proof of Impact program provides funding to help them get off the ground and further accelerate ecosystem network effects.

In all of these ways, Flux is striving to unlock a future of abundance for everyone. By combining modern IoT farming technology with an incentive to collect data, Flux is positioning our global society to make good on its vision of improving the work of farmers everywhere.

This promoted article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

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Chinese and US Investors Team Up to Create a Global Crypto Investment Fund

The latest crypto investment fund on the block is Dragonfly Ventures, a $100 million traditional venture fund investing only in crypto assets, managed by partners Alexander Pack from Bain Capital Ventures and Bo Feng, founding partner of Ceyuan Ventures.

“We come at crypto as generalist venture capitalists who have been investing in internet technology for decades. With Dragonfly, we have decided to go all-in on crypto, because we believe that crypto is the most interesting tech trend today by far,” said Dragonfly managing partner and Bain Capital advisor Alexander Pack in an interview with Bitcoin Magazine.

“The ability to use technology to redefine fundamental social constructs like money, value, and how value is exchanged across borders, is a once in a century opportunity that could be bigger than the internet,” he added.

Pack has been investing in cryptocurrencies and blockchain businesses for more than four years at various venture capital firms in the U.S. and Asia but wanted to create a fund that was solely for cryptocurrency businesses.

He describes Dragonfly as “a fully unconstrained venture fund for the crypto asset class, investing globally and across all asset types. We even invest significantly in other cryptofunds, as well as make direct investments in tokens and startups.”

Dragonfly has already attracted technology founders and investors from across the U.S. and Asia, including Salil Deshpande (Bain Capital Ventures), Marc Andreessen and Chris Dixon (A16Z), Cyan Banister (Founders Fund) and Olaf Carlson-Wee (Polychain Capital).

A China-U.S. Fund

Headquartered in San Francisco and Beijing, Dragonfly Capital Partners have identified what they see as a new market opportunity in bridging the gap between East and West, investing in crypto businesses across both continents.

Managing partner Bo Feng is a founder of Ceyuan Ventures. In the ‘90s he launched the China business of Robertson Stephens, a high-tech investment bank, and is the largest investor in the exchange OKEx.

“I see a parallel between the Internet boom in the ‘90s and the current cryptocurrency market opportunity. The crypto revolution may be even bigger than the internet and more global,” says Feng.

According to Feng, Dragonfly takes an “ecosystem approach,” investing in fund managers around the world and connecting the top technologists from the West to investing in fund managers around the world, as well as connecting top technologists from the West with the largest crypto companies and user bases in Asia.

Asian investors include Bitmain, OKEx, Neil Shen (head of Sequoia China), Eric Xu (founder of Baidu), Bob Xiaoping Xu (founding partner of Zhenfund), Zhang Tao (chairman and founder of Meituan-Dianping), Bao Fan (founder and CEO of

China Renaissance Bank), Cai Wensheng (founder and chairman of Meitu), Justin Tang (founder and CEO of X Financial, eLong), JP Gan (Qiming Venture Partners), and Annie Xu (head and general manager of Alibaba U.S.).

“We have a unique opportunity to back and bring together the leading participants in the decentralized economy — from fund managers to token project leaders, from Beijing to San Francisco to Berlin,” said Feng.

Part of a Growing Investment Trend

Dragonfly is launching with a portfolio of 20 investments, including tech-driven crypto funds and asset managers, decentralized financial infrastructure such as the cryptocurrency Basis, and foundational protocols such as Spacemesh and Oasis Labs.

A recent report by blockchain research group Diar identified a new trend among investors. While traditional investment in crypto products has doubled and continues to grow, ICOs themselves have lost 70 percent in value.

The Diar report shows that almost $3.9 billion in investments was raised in the first three quarters of 2018, 280 percent of what was raised in 2017. The report also indicates an increase in the number of investment deals — almost twice the number recorded in the previous year.

“We invest in any market condition and actually are investing at a faster pace during this downturn than we anticipated, since in our opinion the quality of projects and founders has never been higher,” said Pack.

Traditional venture capital investments are leveraging the decline in ICOs as the cryptocurrency industry tries to find its bearings amid regulatory shifts and losses across crypto markets, notes the Diar report.

Pack told us that the investment strategy for Dragonfly is based on three principles.

“We have three theses that guide our investment philosophy: that the decentralized economy will take trillion dollar bites out of the centralized economy, that pick-and-shovel tech startups will emerge as bridges between the decentralized and centralized economies, and that crypto assets will one day be the most liquid and traded financial assets in the world,” said Pack.

“Today, large barriers prevent mainstream and institutional users from joining the decentralized economy. We are investing heavily in teams that are breaking down those barriers, such as institutional-grade trading infrastructure and general scaling solutions. We look forward to those launching and gaining traction in the next year,” added Pack.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

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Coinfloor Layoffs

In what may be a sign that business in the cryptocurrency space is in a winding down phase, U.K.-based bitcoin exchange Coinfloor is bidding adieu to half of its staff.

The company, which claims to be the oldest crypto exchange in London, has roughly 40 employees. More than half of them will be let go, Financial News reported, citing two sources close to the matter. The news broke early today, October 8, 2018.

Coinfloor CEO Obi Nwosu confirmed the layoffs but declined to spell out exactly how many employees would be let go. He told Financial News the staff cuts were a normal response to a changing market environment.

Following the market’s downturn at the beginning of 2018, a lot is changing in the cryptocurrency business. Since the beginning of the year, bitcoin has lost more than half of its value, and regulations across the globe are heating up. China has been taking increased action to clamp down on all things cryptocurrency, and, in the U.S., regulators are starting to get tough with crypto exchanges, unregistered securities dealers and questionable initial coin offerings.

Amidst this shifting landscape, Coinfloor is not the only one to feel the market’s pinch. In September, Jesse Powell, the CEO of San Francisco-based exchange Kraken, said the company was cutting 10 percent of its client services team in a “cost-saving measure,” but denied rumors that the layoffs would amount to any more than that. At the time of publication, Kraken is the 23rd largest exchange by trading volume.

Despite the market downturn, some exchanges continue to paint a rosy picture. Binance boasted that it expected a net profit of $500 million to $1 billion in 2018, according to its chief executive officer. But without seeing the company’s financials, it is hard to get a clear view on the full picture.

Typically, exchanges make a lucrative profit, which is why so many have entered the game as of late. To date, there are 219 crypto exchanges all competing for each other’s business. But if the current market downturn continues, more will likely have to make adjustments or else bow out.

Founded in 2013, Coinfloor was one of the first exchanges onto the scene. Its big pitch early on was that it followed strict know-your-customer (KYC) and anti-money-laundering (AML) procedures to ensure the integrity of its users and traders.

According to its website, the exchange is backed by TransferWise founder Taavet Hinrikus, venture capital firm Passion Capital and Adam Knight, a former managing director at Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.

This article originally appeared on Bitcoin Magazine.

          дальнобойный фонарик Acebeam T21      Cache   Translate Page      

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Не так часто попадают мне в руки фонарики, про которые рассказать не «надо», а «хочется». Вот этот 2x18650 Acebeam T21 как раз из этой серии. Обычно я рассказываю про какие-то новинки, эту же модель, к ним отнести нельзя. Но! Дальнобоев с 4000К температурой и опциональной 1х \ 2х18650 модификацией еще поискать надо, так что надеюсь что этот обзор будет интересен не только с позиции познавательного чтива.
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Хотим мы того или нет, но для приготовления на природе кофе или чая – котелок по удобству заметно уступает чайнику. Теперь я могу это сказать однозначно.
Именно эта вещица — недешёвая, но крайне практичная. Для моих задач чайник подошёл идеально.

Внимание! Обзор снят на берегу речки. Присутствуют фото природных красот, снастей, рыбы и, конечно, некоторых атрибутов вкусного чаепития.

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Итак, для тех кто повелся, или не повелся на аттракцион невиданной щедрости Видеорегистратор Viofo A118C за 26$, представляю кратенький отчетец (на полноценный обзор не претендую) по результатам приобретения.


1. За 26$ стоит брать.
2. Это не Viofo
3. После окончания акции в описании товара появилось название Viofo и цена подросла до 42$

Кому интересно — добро пожаловать под «кат».

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Этот обзор написан человеком, а не физическим лицом. Посему в нем не будет копипасты и 100500 унылых скриншотов для биороботов.
Сравнивать буду с телефоном htc desire z, это мой первый сматртфон и 3й телефон вообще (с начала 2008 года).

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          Bluetooth ресивер-трансмиттер BlitzWolf BW-BR4      Cache   Translate Page      

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Очередной добротный девайс от BlitzWolf — bluetooth ресивер-трансмиттер BW-BR4. Может похвастаться чипом CSR8675, Bluetooth 5.0, поддержкой кодеков aptX HD, aptX low latency, aptX, хорошей автономностью, возможностью подключения внешней аппаратуры по AUX, SPDIF и RCA и сопряжением с двумя устройствами одновременно.
Всех заинтересованных приглашаю под кат.

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          Инструменты LAOA за монетки в приложении Aliexpress      Cache   Translate Page      
Для тех, у кого скопились ненужные монетки в приложении алиэкспресс…
На странице «Мобильные бонусы» в разделе «Обменяйте монеты на товары» в категории «Инструменты и обустройство» магазин China Good Tool выложил некоторые товары за монеты:
— Набор ручного инструмента (ссылка) за $11.43 + 4227 монет. За эту сумму можно заказать один инструмент, что не особо выгодно, но можно взять комплект из 4-х, 3-х или двух инструментов.
Обычная цена только одного инструмента на али около $10.
— Стрипер для зачистки проводов (ссылка) за $8,99 + 2849 монет. За эти деньги дают модель LA815138 и LA815238 с пружинами или без.
Обычная цена на али около $25 за LA815138
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Всем привет! Жил я себе спокойно со своей LiitoKala Lii-500 пока не «распробовал» LiFePO4 аккумуляторы, которые она заряжать не умеет. Пришлось лезть в сеть и искать ей частичную замену за гуманный ценник. Самыми дешевыми оказались все те же литокалы, стартуя с 6$ за однопортовый индикаторный образец. Модели с LCD дисплеем стоили от 25$, кроме одной. Тут нет режима разряда, соответственно тестирования, она не умеет измерять внутреннее сопротивление элементов и невозможно вручную регулировать ток, но зато можно заряжать все типы баночных аккумуляторов.

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Добрый день, уважаемые читатели. Необычный для меня обзор. Обзор мини компьютера, который заменит мой старый домашний PC.

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Здравствуйте, уважаемые читатели! В этой статье хочу затронуть тему бюджетных бесколлекторных моторов которые можно применить для самостоятельной сборки FPV квадрокоптера начинающими FPV гонщиками – Racerstar Racing Edition BR2205 2600KV. Неравнодушных к теме FPV полётов, прошу под кат.
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Прислали бесплатно на обзор необычный гаечный ключ. На сайте он именуется торцевым ключом. Проверим как он в работе.

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Лицензионная копия радиоуправляемого крана от фирмы Double E на базе Mercedes-Benz Arocs. Данная модель точная и функциональная копия крана погрузчика Mercedes-Benz в масштабе 1:20. С пульта можно управлять не только движениями самого грузовика, но и движениями крана (стрелой). Более подробно ниже.

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NEST Office
7736 24th Ave NE
Seattle, WA 98115
Thursday, October 11, 2018, 2:30 – 5pm

Building Name / Room Number / Site: NEST Seattle Fellowship Hall
Event Description: DID YOU KNOW? You Might Qualify for Property Tax Relief, and NEST Can Help! State law provides several tax benefit programs for older adults and people with disabilities who own and occupy a house, mobile home, condo, or co-op. These programs include property tax exemptions and property tax deferrals. More than 26,000 qualified older adults and people with disabilities have yet to register for the exemption, and only 1 in 100 of those eligible for deferrals are currently enrolled., How to Get Free Help, If you think you may qualify, we can help. Call the NEST office at 206-525-6378 for an appointment with a counselor to discuss your qualifications and to get an application for a property tax exemption or deferral. This service is FREE and open to the public. We invite anyone residing in the King County area to call us for assistance - you don’t have to be a member of NEST., 206-525-6378
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          Bill Ackman, who flamed out on Herbalife, now targeting Starbucks      Cache   Translate Page      
Noted "activist" investor sees room for growth for the coffee chain, especially in China Reported by CBS News 30 minutes ago.
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China has a problem: it's economy grew fast and that led to a trust problem. If someone doesn't pay back a loan, there's no real enforcement. But the solution might cause problems of its own. Reported by NPR 2 hours ago.
          A Small Spark of Hope for Democracy in the Indian Ocean      Cache   Translate Page      

From the genocide of the Rohingya, to the violent crackdown on peaceful protesters in Nicaragua, to the surprising success of right-wing populism in Brazil, to the increasingly virulent strains of isolationist nationalism that have been taking root in eastern Europe, it’s a grim time for democracy around the world. But an unexpected source of hope has emerged from the Maldives, an island nation known for little more than its idyllic beaches and long history of authoritarian rule.

Since 2013, the reign of President Abdulla Yameen brought mass abuses of human rights to the Maldives: the jailing or exiling of opposition leaders, increased control over state institutions, withdrawal from Commonwealth, and widespread corruption are only the tip of the iceberg for the small, tropical country.

But on Sept. 23, over 90 percent of Maldivians voted in the first general elections since Yameen came to power five years ago—and voted overwhelmingly for the opposition, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldivian Democratic Party, who won after receiving 58 percent of the votes.

But while a celebration is in order, it’s worth remembering that the Maldives has been here before. When two of us first came to work with Maldivians in 2006, we were impressed by the brave and committed Maldivian people, who acted time and time again with courage and talent to defend democracy within their country. And though both of us spent more than a decade with brave Serbian activists fighting the Slobodan Milosevic regime, and years after that training and educating democracy defenders from Kiev, Ukraine, and Tbilisi, Georgia, to Caracas, Venezuela, and Harare, Zimbabwe, through our organization, CANVAS. we could see immediately that Maldivian activists are unique in so many ways.

In 2008, after a 30-year-long period of dictatorship under Maumoon Abdul Gayoom—whose iron-hand rule of the island nation was characterized by a low tolerance for protests and any vocal opposition combined with a high appetite for nepotism and corruption—overwhelming popular support brought “Anni”—the popular nickname for former journalist Mohamed Nasheed—to power as the Maldives’ first democratically elected president. Anni was successful for the first three years of his presidency as he worked to combat radical Islam and mobilize the tiny island nation to become a leading global voice in the fight against climate change. But his term ended prematurely after three years when, after a coup led by parts of the judiciary and the military, Nasheed resigned after reportedly being held at gunpoint.

Key foreign powers quickly signed on to the new regime’s interpretation that this was a voluntary resignation; the governments of Britain, the United States, and India quickly recognized the new government as valid. However, Nasheed and his followers asserted that a coup had taken place and that he had been forced to resign at gunpoint. The Commonwealth met and concluded that an international investigation needed to take place, but no further action was taken to investigate the constitutionality of the regime change from an international perspective.

Just a day after the regime change took place, Nasheed penned an op-ed for the New York Times detailing his attempts to reform the entire governmental system of the Maldives and the struggles that he faced attempting to do so. He writes, “The dictator can be removed in a day, but it can take years to stamp out the lingering remnants of his dictatorship.” His words proved prophetic. At the next general elections in 2013, Abdulla Yameen (the half-brother of former dictator Gayoom) was elected, and the Maldives returned to old habits. Under Yameen, government funds were embezzled, peaceful protests were suppressed, independent media outlets were shut down, and political prisoners were jailed. Now it seems that the collective international community has finally exhaled in relief. The Maldives may, in fact, have a democratic transition of power. Yameen’s regime is finally over.

Recent history has shown that we cannot allow this positive development to cloud our judgment and lull us into a false sense of security. About 90 percent of the Maldives’ population voted in this year’s elections, showing an unprecedented amount of engagement in Maldivian democracy. The international community owes it to Maldivian citizens to keep watch and ensure a democratic transition of power occurs in November, and furthermore aid the new government in ensuring it can implement positive changes to ensure the longevity of the country’s democracy.

It is especially imperative that we pay close attention to the Maldives in the wake of this election, taking into account the lessons that we have learned through the forced resignation of Nasheed. The Maldives is a relatively small nation, and the apathy of the international community toward the continuation of its democracy not only hurts the country but has a negative impact on the entire world. Had it continued along its path as a democracy last time, thrusting itself into the spotlight as the first Muslim-majority country with peaceful transitions of power within its democratic institutions, and had the world not ignored this tiny island nation, the Maldives might have brought its institutions, expertise, and goodwill toward other countries in the region, maybe even setting the example, case study, and inspiration, and thus radically changing the context through which the Arab Spring occurred only three years after Nasheed`s victory in 2008.

Major media outlets have focused most of their attention on the geopolitical impact of this change, especially the fact that Yameen had been turning a country closer to China, while Solih’s MDP has always advocated for closer ties to the most populous democracy, India. But there is another very important arena in which the smallest Asian country can affect not only the region, but the world—the struggle for democracy.

The world should recognize Solih’s presidency as a beacon of light for other Muslim countries that have experienced similar issues in transitioning to power. Instead of ignoring the potential of the Maldives, we need to instead do our best to nurture Maldivian democracy until it is able to fully bloom—and this means that the international community must do its best to push the Maldives toward a few key changes. At least two avenues of reform are clear: fixing the judiciary and building a muscle of the civil society.

Amnesty International has regularly called for the reform of the Maldives’ infamously corrupt judiciary. The courts have been used by the government to crush the opposition—most notably in the trial of Nasheed shortly after he was forced out of the presidency. He was sentenced to 13 years in prison for terrorism charges and denied access to a lawyer by two judges who had already served as witnesses against him during the investigation phase. In this case, the Maldives needs critical outside aid in order to form an educated, experienced, and corruption-free set of judges.

Second, and even more important, is to empower and support another backbone of vivid democracy: Maldivian civil society. The issue in the Maldives is not that people are unwilling to engage with democracy—they have proven their commitment twice in the past decade by voting in numbers unimaginable for Western democracies. But the international community can help, guide, equip, and train already mobilized Maldivian citizens into a solid and lasting civic power that will make any further efforts to hijack democracy in Maldives impossible.

The new hope for world democracy may be rising in Maldives. This time, democracy lovers of this world must not miss the importance of helping it.

          Xiaomi anuncia la Mi Box S: 4K HDR y Google Assistant a precio atractivo      Cache   Translate Page      
Xiaomi anuncia la Mi Box S: 4K HDR y Google Assistant a precio atractivo#source%3Dgooglier%2Ecom#https%3A%2F%2Fgooglier%2Ecom%2Fpage%2F%2F10000\

El dispositivo estará disponible por $60 dólares, primero en los Estados Unidos.

Parece que a Xiaomi no le ha importado que los reflectores estuvieran sobre la presentación de Google. La compañía china ha presentado la nueva Mi Box S, un reproductor de contenido en streaming que incluye características muy interesantes a un precio bastante atractivo. Este lanzamiento está dirigido al mercado internacional, estará disponible primero en los Estados Unidos pero se espera su llegada a otros territorios en los próximos meses.

Te hablaremos primero de sus propuestas en software. La Mi Box S hace uso de Android TV (Android Oreo 8.1) como su sistema operativo, pero lo más interesante es la integración con Google Assistant. ¿Cómo se podrá activar el asistente? El mando a distancia incorpora un micrófono con el que podremos comenzar a dar instrucciones. El control remoto le da mucha importancia a Netflix con un botón dedicado al servicio de streaming, algo que ya es muy común en los mandos a distancia.

En cuanto a los componentes de hardware encontramos un procesador de cuatro núcleos y una GPU de dos. La memoria RAM alcanza los 2GB y cuenta con 8GB de almacenamiento. El resto de características está en su Bluetooth 4.2, un puerto HDMI 2.0A, salida de audio y el puerto USB 2.0. Lo anterior permitirá reproducir contenido en 4K HDR a 60 imágenes por segundo. También tiene soporte para audio Dolby DTS.

La Mi Box S estará disponible a partir del próximo 19 de octubre a un precio de 60 dólares. Como se mencionó anteriormente, primero saldrá a la venta en los Estados Unidos, pero seguramente la veremos en otros territorios del mundo con el pasar de los meses. Amazon y Roku son sus principales rivales en el mercado, así que será interesante ver cómo reaccionan los consumidores ante las diferentes propuestas que ya están disponibles.

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In Sheridan Circle on Washington’s Embassy Row lies a small plaque, little noticed by both tourists and locals, marking the spot where a car bomb killed Chilean diplomat-turned-think-tanker Orlando Letelier along with his American co-worker Ronni Moffitt in 1976. Letelier, since leaving Chile, had become a leading critic of Augusto Pinochet’s regime, and declassified documents later showed that the dictator had directly ordered the killing.

A dictatorship killing one of its citizens on the streets of a foreign capital is a brazen act but is by no means unheard of. Social scientists have traditionally defined a state as the entity that controls the use of physical force for domination within a given territory. But states, particularly those of an authoritarian bent, have frequently sought to project violence against dissidents and defectors far beyond their borders. An effective authoritarian state needs its most prominent critics to know that an ice ax in the back is still a possibility, even if they leave.

While it’s not exactly a new phenomenon, as Letelier and numerous other historical cases prove, the killing or abduction of foreign critics by authoritarian regimes appears to be alarmingly normalized today. Also alarming: Some of the countries where these crimes take place seem uninterested in doing anything to stop them.

Last week, Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of its ruling royal family living in exile in the United States, visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document related to his upcoming wedding. He has not been heard from since then, and Turkish officials reportedly believe he was murdered by a special team sent from Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia’s government has been brutal to dissidents and opponents, and technically speaking Khashoggi entered Saudi territory when he went inside the consulate building, but he had apparently been unconcerned, telling friends before his disappearance that he had been treated well during previous visits to Saudi embassies and consulates. His fiancée says he told her not to worry, since “they would not dare attempt anything within Turkey’s borders.”

Then again, perhaps no one should assume they are safe from a government that more or less took the prime minister of Lebanon hostage for several days last year. Ghanem al-Dosary, a London-based Saudi dissident, told the New York Times that Khashoggi’s disappearance was a message from the regime to its critics “that our hands can reach you wherever you are.”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded that the Saudi government prove its claim that Khashoggi walked out of the consulate unharmed. While a reasonable request, this umbrage is somewhat ironic given Turkey’s own pursuit of its critics abroad. Under Erdogan, the Turkish government has launched an aggressive crackdown on supporters of Fethullah Gülen, the influential and controversial cleric it accuses of orchestrating a failed 2016 coup. Thousands of accused Gülenists, including U.S. citizens, have been arrested, and the manhunt has gone global as well. Often, this is a matter of pushing foreign governments to extradite Gülenists back to Turkey, but sometimes the line between arrest and abduction has been blurred. In March, six Gülenists in Kosovo were shipped back to Turkey after being arrested over links to Gülenists schools, but Kosovo’s prime minister said he had not been aware of the operation, and local media dubbed it a “kidnapping.” In July, the government of Mongolia prevented what appeared to be an attempted abduction of a Gülenist school leader. Then there’s Gülen himself: Special counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly looking into allegations, corroborated by former CIA Director James Woolsey, that Turkish officials had met with former U.S. National Security Adviser and unacknowledged Turkey lobbyist Michael Flynn to discuss a plan to abduct the cleric from his compound in Pennsylvania and deliver him back to Turkey. And that’s not to mention the beating of protesters in Washington by Erdogan’s own bodyguards in 2017.

Of course, the most prominent recent attack by an authoritarian government on an exiled critic was the poisoning of former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in England in March, an attack that Vladimir Putin’s government has only half-heartedly tried to deny. According to a BuzzFeed investigation last year, U.S. authorities believe that as many as 14 people, including billionaire Boris Berezovsky, whose death had been ruled a suicide in 2013, had been killed by Russian secret services in Britain in recent years. Dozens more opponents of the Putin regime have been killed under suspicious circumstances abroad.

China has also been reaching across borders to pursue its critics. Prominent dissidents have been reportedly abducted from Thailand and sent back to China for detention. As for foreign-residing Uighurs—the Muslim minority that Beijing has recently been repressing in a brutal campaign that’s been dubbed a “cultural genocide”—the authorities’ preferred tactic appears to be threatening their families living within China unless they return home.

Last week also saw the bizarre disappearance and resignation of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese official who led Interpol, in what appeared to be a highly unusual move by a state government against the leader of a major international organization, all the more troubling since the exact charges against Meng have not been made public.

Numerous other examples abound. Two women are currently on trial in Malaysia over the killing—likely in cooperation, willing or not, with North Korean operatives—of Kim Jong-nam, brother of the current North Korean leader. The government of Iran stands accused by French authorities of orchestrating the attempted bombing of a meeting of a prominent exile group in Paris.

The response of the governments of countries where these incidents happen has often been muted—and that’s a problem. The British government’s tepid reaction to the 2006 poisoning of former FSB agent Alexander Litvinenko very well could have led Vladimir Putin to conclude there would be little consequence for pulling the same stunt there again.

Often diplomatic considerations are behind these muted reactions. France, for instance, is unlikely to press its case against Iran too hard, given that it’s currently trying to preserve what’s left of the 2015 nuclear deal.

It’s hard to make those sorts of excuses for President Donald Trump, who has spoken approvingly of how leaders like Putin, Xi Jinping, Kim Jong-un, and Erdogan conduct their business. When Putin suggested allowing Russian investigators to question 11 U.S. citizens he views as enemies, including former Ambassador Michael McFaul, in exchange for “cooperation” in the investigation of 2016 election interference, Trump called it an “incredible offer.” Trump was also reportedly reluctant and angry about the expulsion of Russian diplomats in response to the Skripal poisoning.

After days of silence over the alleged abduction and possible murder of Khashoggi, Trump, who often touts his close relationship with the Saudi royal family, finally acknowledged that there were some “pretty bad stories” going around about the journalist and U.S.
resident’s fate and said, “Hopefully that will sort itself out.” The Saudis are probably not too worried about a fierce U.S. response at this point.

But if we’re going to fault Trump’s rhetoric for contributing to the sense of impunity felt by authoritarian governments, we should also acknowledge Barack Obama’s covert drone campaign in Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. This isn’t to draw any moral equivalence between the targeting of members of groups like al-Qaida, the Taliban, and ISIS and the murders and abductions of dissidents and journalists by dictatorships. But the targeted killing of a country’s enemies outside a declared battlefield was once considered exceptional, and the U.S. has helped make it routine.

More disturbing still may be the possibility that state violence is becoming globalized. The human rights community, more often than not, views the world in terms of distinct countries, classifying them as “free” or “unfree.” The much-maligned International Criminal Court is hamstrung by the fact that its jurisdiction is limited to only the countries that accept it.

Once upon a time, it was thought that globalization would undermine authoritarian systems in individual states as economic liberalization and new forms of communications overwhelm their defenses against outside influence. But the influence, of course, ended up going both ways. Today, we live in a world where China’s economic clout influences what classes are taught at U.S. universities and what movies are produced by Hollywood. The same internet that brings Western media into Russia allows the Russian state to influence elections around the world.

Authoritarian states clearly do not feel their authority is limited by state borders. So it’s no surprise they don’t feel their ability to inflict violence is limited either.

          IPCC Report Reaches Dire Conclusions Based on Models that Overstate Rate of Warming      Cache   Translate Page      

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report Monday related to the issue of climate change.

Director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment Myron Ebell said:

“The IPCC’s report is the latest in a series of dire warnings of tipping points and last chances dating back to the 1980s.  The good news is that the rate of global warming since 1980 is much lower than that predicted by the computer models used by the IPCC.  Unless the rate of warming increases dramatically, the drastic and immediate reductions in greenhouse gas emissions the IPCC claims are necessary to avoid catastrophe will not be needed.

“That’s also good news because there is little evidence that the world is going to start moving away from coal, oil, and natural gas, which provide over 80% of the world’s energy.  While places like the European Union and California are replacing carbon-based fuels with more expensive alternatives, China, Japan, and South Korea are building lots of new coal-fired power plants.  Chinese emissions are now larger than the those of the United States and the European Union combined.  In the Paris climate treaty, China merely promised that its emissions will peak by 2030. If the IPCC is going to convince the world to turn its energy economy upside down, consumers are going to have to be convinced to pay a lot more for energy. That’s going to be a hard sell in developing countries where billions of people are still living in energy poverty.”  

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The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new report Monday related to the issue of climate change.

           Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit North Korea      Cache   Translate Page      

By Associated Press

October 9, 2018 | 10:13am

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SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un wants Pope Francis to visit the officially atheist country, South Korea said Tuesday.

South Korea’s presidential office said in a statement that Kim told President Moon Jae-in during their summit last month that the pope would be “enthusiastically” welcomed in North Korea.

Kim has been intensely engaged in diplomacy in recent months in what’s seen as an effort to leverage his nuclear weapons program for an easing of economic sanctions and military pressure.

North Korea strictly controls the religious activities of its people, and a similar invitation for then-Pope John Paul II to visit after a 2000 inter-Korean summit never resulted in a meeting. The Vatican insisted at the time that a papal visit would only be possible if Catholic priests were accepted in North Korea.

Moon plans to convey Kim’s desire for a papal visit when he travels to the Vatican next week. Moon said on Monday that he expects Kim to visit Russia soon and possibly hold a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The Vatican did not comment on the possibility of a papal visit. But immediately after the news, the Vatican press office released a statement confirming that the pope would receive South Korea’s president in an audience at the Vatican on Oct. 18.

Vatican spokesman Greg Burke said the audience will come a day after the Vatican secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, celebrates a Mass for peace on the Korean Peninsula in St. Peter’s Basilica, where Moon will participate.

Francis visited South Korea in August 2014. On the plane ride back to Rome, he expressed hope that the divisions would be overcome, saying “the two Koreas are brothers, they speak the same language.”

“When you speak the same language it is because you have the same mother, and this gives us hope,” the pope said. “The suffering of the division is great, and I understand this and pray that it ends.”

North Korea’s reported overture comes a few weeks after the Vatican signed a landmark deal with Communist China, North Korea’s closest ally, over bishop nominations, aimed at ending decades of tensions that contributed to dividing the Chinese church and hampered efforts at improving relations between China and the Vatican.

Following an unusually provocative run of weapons tests last year, Kim has been on a diplomatic offensive since the start of this year.

He initiated offers for summits with Seoul and Washington, which led to three meetings with Moon and a highly choreographed June summitwith U.S. President Donald Trump at which they issued an aspirational goal of a nuclear-free peninsula, without describing how or when it would occur.

Kim has presented himself as an international statesman, sharing food, wine and laughs with South Korean officials and appearing thoroughly at ease during his meeting with Trump in Singapore.

But post-summit nuclear negotiations between North Korea and the United States got off to a rocky start, with the North accusing Washington of making “gangster-like” unilateral demands for denuclearization, and calling for sanctions to be lifted before any further progress in nuclear talks.

There are doubts whether Kim is willing to fully relinquish his country’s nuclear weapons, which he may see as a stronger guarantee of survival than whatever security assurances the United States could provide.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Kim in Pyongyang, North Korea’s capital, on Sunday for talks on setting up a second summit with Trump.

The Vatican’s priests were expelled by North Korea long ago and state-appointed laymen officiate services.

Estimates of the number of North Korean Catholics range from 800 to about 3,000, compared to more than 5 million in South Korea.


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          10/9/2018: Health / Nutrition: New on the menu: would you like a free pedicure with the soup?      Cache   Translate Page      

Sometimes, Shang Feifei goes to a restaurant just for the manicures. On a recent Wednesday night, the 40-year-old sat patiently at a downtown Beijing branch of Haidilao, a restaurant chain that defies China’s well-earned reputation for lousy customer...
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          Mi nuevo juguete      Cache   Translate Page      

Pues resulta que como me gusta hacer bien lo que hago, desde que abrí este blog me he metido a explorar cantidad de páginas sobre sexualidad, sexo, pornografía y muchas otras cosas que antes no leía, con tal de no dar explicaciones sin sustento y por supuesto buscando el material más interesante. Así fue como me encontré con que de los muchos juguetes sexuales que hay. Existe uno que además de sus virtudes amatorias, tiene la cualidad de mejorar nuestra salud. Las bolas chinas o Ben Wa.

Leí mucho sobre ellas y me parecieron interesantísimas por lo que quise hacer una entrada al respecto. Pero pensé que ya había varias páginas muy buenas donde explican su uso. Te dicen sus grandes ventajas como que fortalecen el suelo pélvico y ayudan igual que los ejercicios de Kegel, etc. Así que pensé que dado que igual pensaba añadirlas a mi pequeña colección. Lo mejor sería esperar a probarlas y dejarle los tecnicismos a otros. Así que antes que sigan leyendo, si no las conocen pueden checar estos links donde explican todas las virtudes de las bolas Ben Wa:

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Si ya leyeron, entenderán que tenía que probarlas, así que por fin me decidí y compre unas a través de Contacto condonería, el cual si no conocen, deberían hacerlo. Me decidí por unas de silicón, un poco más grandes que son para principiantes, y que la verdad estaban a un precio super accesible.
Cuando por fin las tuve en mis manos, no podía esperar para probarlas, pero me tomó varios días encontrar la oportunidad. Y, por fin lo hice.

Mi primera impresión es que eran un poco complicadas de colocar aun con el lubricante, pero quizá fuera la posición pues la segunda vez resultó más fácil. También creo que las puse mal porque apenas me levantaba un poco se salia una. Pensé que quizá mis músculos no son tan fuertes después de todo, y decidí intentarlo acostada. 
una vez que lo hice, esperé.... y nada pasó, probé a moverme un poco, hacia un lado, hacia el otro, a sentarme. Nada. me cansé y frustré un poco  y volvi a guardarlas.... vaya sorpresa, seguro no servían.
Pero como soy muy necia y tantas personas no podían estar equivocadas, decidí buscar un instructivo. Me costó bastante! casi todos hablan de sus bondades fisiológicas, pero de las sexuales no tanto, y muchas de las que encontré fueron para su uso anal, y no se me antojaba probar de esa forma.
Al final encontré un par de páginas interesantes, y volví a probar.
Primero las coloqué en otra posición (de pie) y descubrí que la segunda se caía porque no la metí bien, tienen que quedar bastante al fondo. Una vez que lo conseguí, me di cuenta de que se sostenían bastante bien, y que efectivamente, la sensación que producen es, cuando menos "interesante". 
He dado un par de paseos con ellas y aun no siento un gran efecto, quizá por el tamaño, pero en definitiva mejoraron mucho el rendimiento de mis juguetes de pilas, y he pasado un rato de lo más entretenido con ellas. 
Me parece justo ahora sí recomendarlas, y quizá cuando me vuelva más diestra podré enumerar todas sus cualidades, pero para el par de días que llevo probándolas, les veo mucho potencial, y si en verdad puedes usarlas mientras realizas ciertas actividades.... bueno, creo que quizá me desagrade menos la limpieza de mi casa.  También será justo probarlas acompañada ya que parece que pueden resultar útiles no sólo para el placer propio sino de la pareja. Así que hay que explorar y ver cuál es el mejor uso que les encuentro. 
Y ustedes ¿las han probado? compartirían sus experiencias conmigo? quizá puedan ayudarme a mi y otras lectoras a explotar su utilidad al máximo y regalarnos muchos momentos de felicidad.

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Shanghai: SSE Composite Index (.SSEC) still in bear market territory China’s Shanghai Composite ended September with a positive weekly chart but with the index still in bear market territory, 21.3% below its 2018 high of 3,587.03 set on January 29. The Chinese market was closed last week for a holiday. Monday’s decline of nearly 3% […]

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          ¿Por qué tantos países quieren comprar el S-400 ruso pese a las amenazas de EEUU?      Cache   Translate Page      

Durante los ejercicios Vostok 2018, Rusia mostró el sistema S-400, una de las armas más avanzadas y comercializables del país en los últimos años. Debido a sus capacidades, varios países, incluyendo China, Arabia Saudí, Turquía, la India y Catar están dispuestos a comprarlo, observa Yarno Ritzen, autor del artículo para Al Jazeera.

Casi todos los gobiernos que anunciaron su intención de adquirir el sistema de defensa antiaérea S-400 —actualización masiva del S-300, enviado recientemente a Siria— fueron amenazados con algún tipo de represalia por parte de EEUU, la OTAN o sus adversarios, señala el periodista.

Según varios expertos entrevistados por el medio, esta reacción se debe no solo a las características avanzadas del S-400, sino también a un riesgo potencial para las alianzas.
Sistema de defensa antiaérea más avanzado

"El S-400 es uno de los sistemas de defensa antiaérea más avanzados que existen, a la altura de los mejores que puede ofrecer Occidente", comentó Siemon Wezeman, investigador principal del programa de transferencias de armas y gastos militares del Instituto Internacional de Investigación de la Paz de Estocolmo (SIPRI).

Sus radares y otros sensores, así como sus misiles, cubren un área extensa. El radar tiene un alcance de al menos 600 km y sus proyectiles tienen un alcance de hasta 400 km", dijo Wezeman.

"Es preciso y capaz de rastrear un gran número de objetivos potenciales, incluidos aquellos sigilosos", añadió.

Otras ventajas son su estructura modular y su gran movilidad, lo que significa que puede instalarse, disparar y retirarse en cuestión de minutos.

"Es muy resistente y adaptable y es un sistema móvil, algo que muchos países están buscando", aseguró Kevin Brand, analista militar, entrevistado por Al Jazeera.
Temores políticos y técnicos de la OTAN

El interés de Turquía en el sistema de misiles ruso asustó a sus aliados occidentales de la OTAN por razones técnicas y políticas, señala el autor del artículo.

"En el sentido tecnológico, el S-400 sería sin duda un paso adelante [para Turquía], pero no es de interés de la OTAN tener ese sistema de armas integrado dentro de su arquitectura", apuntó Brand.

Sin embargo, la compra podría potencialmente ser aún más dañina para la Alianza Atlántica.

"¿Qué tipo de contratos se firmarían con los técnicos rusos que se ocupan del S-400, por ejemplo?, ¿tendría acceso a los datos de la OTAN el personal de mantenimiento ruso?", se preguntó el experto.

Represalias diplomáticas y económicas de EEUU

Para la India, Arabia Saudí y Catar, que no forman parte de una alianza como la OTAN, la compra de un sistema como el S-400 provocaría menos problemas tecnológicos, pero correrían el riesgo de tener repercusiones diplomáticas y económicas por parte de Estados Unidos.
El Departamento de Estado de EEUU declaró que las compras chinas de los aviones SU-35 y los sistemas S-400 violan la Caatsa —Ley para Contrarrestar a los Adversarios de EEUU a través de Sanciones-, unas semanas después de haber anunciado que la India podría verse sometida a medidas punitivas si continúa comprando el sistema.

Sin embargo, la India decidió comprarel sistema y firmó un acuerdo de 5.000 millones de dólares.

Según Wezeman, es poco probable que EEUU cumpla sus amenazas de sanciones, especialmente en relación con la India o Arabia Saudí.

"En realidad, las sanciones son poco probables, puesto que la India y otros países son demasiado importantes como socios militares y políticos para Estados Unidos. Incluso las sanciones limitadas probablemente harían que esos países se enfadaran lo suficiente como para dañar los intereses de EEUU", explicó.

No obstante, aunque las sanciones económicas sean poco probables, la compra de las armas rusas podría tener consecuencias diplomáticas.
También hay una cuestión diplomática, porque el acuerdo de vender una tecnología sensible a otro país implica una mayor alineación en una serie de cuestiones políticas. De ahí que EEUU está buscando aislar a Rusia", comentó al medio Charles Forrester, analista principal de la industria de defensa en el grupo mediático Jane's by IHS Markit.

Para EEUU, estas compras constituyen más que una simple amenaza militar: se trata de contrarrestar la participación de Rusia en los conflictos mundiales e impedir que Rusia reciba dinero por sus equipos, señalaron los analistas.

"EEUU ha estado trabajando para encontrar formas de fortalecer sus respuestas diplomáticas en el ámbito mundial a los países que violan el orden basado en las reglas globales", señaló Forrester.
Pese a los riesgos

"La India no quiere comprarle a un solo proveedor y ser demasiado dependiente de un solo país. Por lo tanto, desde una perspectiva geopolítica, tiene sentido que adquiera algunos sistemas a Rusia y otros a Estados Unidos", opinó Brand.
Otro motivo es compartir tecnología militar, algo que Estados Unidos no quiere hacer, a diferencia de Rusia.

"Rusia está dispuesta a suministrar el S-400 probablemente a cualquiera y a compartir tecnología hasta cierto punto", explicó Wezeman, aunque agregó que no está claro hasta dónde llegaría este intercambio.

Y para Turquía, según el experto, el S-400 se ha convertido en una especie de proyecto ambicioso.

"El no ceder ante EEUU y la OTAN demuestra que Turquía es su propio jefe, capaz de enfrentarse a ambos", concluyó Wezeman.

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The Galaxy S10 will be available in three distinct versions, various reports have said in the past few months. And one of them will have two versions of its own, including an LTE and a 5G model. In total, we expect four Galaxy S10 phones next year, and three of them were inspected by a Chinese regulatory body. A few days ago, a leak from Samsung revealed that four Galaxy S10 models are in the making under the “Beyond” family, as follows:
  • beyond0: This is believed to be an entry-level version of the Galaxy S10 with less impressive specs and a lower price point
  • beyond1: This is Samsung's main Galaxy S10, believed to have a 5.8-inch AMOLED display
  • beyond2: This is the larger Galaxy S10+ model with a 6.44-inch screen and five cameras in total
  • beyond25g: This is also the Galaxy S10+, but it'll be Samsung's first flagship to support 5G
According to Dutch blog MobielKopen, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has already confirmed three Galaxy S10 versions, including model numbers SM-G9700, SM-G9730, and SM-G9750. The numbering scheme is similar to this year’s Galaxy S9 series, which has two devices, including SM-G600 and SM-G650. It’s likely that the 5G version hasn’t been inspected yet. The certification doesn’t reveal any details about the phone, other than listing model numbers and cellular bands, but it seems to indicate that the Galaxy S10 design and development are final, given that an entity such as MIIT has already inspected the phones. The Galaxy S10 entries have the same date, September 25th, as seen in the following table: Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S10 as early as January, according to recent reports, at CES 2019. New Galaxy S models are usually announced at MWC in late February, but Samsung may do things differently next year, as the company is also supposed to launch the foldable Galaxy F in early 2019. It’s believed that the foldable phone could be unveiled at MWC.
          Comment on Google Staff about SCOTUS Justice Kavanaugh: ‘F—. YOU. ALL. TO. HELL.’ by excalibur      Cache   Translate Page      
• Google just eliminated Google+ because of security breaches they told no one about. • Google is working hand in hand with Communist China on censorship of the web in China. • Google refuses to work with the U.S. military. Use Bing as your search engine, right now Microsoft isn't as bad as Google. Or use Duck Duck Go, or StartPage for additional privacy. There is also Qwant.
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WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Did Cold War II break out last week while no one was watching? The Trump administration’s China policy swam into view, and it’s a humdinger. Vice President Mike Pence gave a guide to the approach in a speech last week at the Hudson Institute (where I am a fellow). Denouncing what he called China’s “whole of government” approach to its rivalry with the U.S., Mr. Pence vowed the Trump administration will respond in kind. He denounced China’s suppression of the Tibetans and Uighurs, its “Made in China 2025” plan for tech dominance, and its “debt diplomacy” through the Belt and Road initiative. The speech sounded like something Ronald Reagan could have delivered against the Soviet Union: Mr. Xi, tear down this wall! Mr. Pence also detailed an integrated, cross-government strategy to counter what the administration considers Chinese military, economic, political and ideological aggression. In the same…
          Wind speed and relative humidity influence spatial patterns of burn severity in boreal forests of northeastern China      Cache   Translate Page      
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We investigated relationships between the spatial patterns of burn severity in Chinese boreal forests and weather parameters. Patch size, shape and arrangement differed between high-severity and low/moderate-severity patches.Wind speed and relative humidity were dominant weather parameters of spatial variation in burn severity. Patch size negatively correlated with relative humidity; patch complexity and aggregation positively correlated with wind speed.

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Wu, Zhiwei; He, Hong S.; Fang, Lei; Liang, Yu; Parsons, Russell A. 2018. Wind speed and relative humidity influence spatial patterns of burn severity in boreal forests of northeastern China. Annals of Forest Science. 75(3): 66.
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An eclectic mix of harp music from around the world. You'll hear music throughout the ages, from the very beginnings of written music to pieces by contemporary composers. Harps have been incorporated into the musics of surprisingly diverse countries. While the music of Ireland is closely associated with the harp, it can also be found in countries such as Spain, Mexico, Paraguay, Italy and even the Far East countries such as Burma, China and Japan. Hosted by Valerie Green.
           Comment on Apple and Amazon hacked by China? Here’s what to do (even if it’s not true) by Paul Ducklin       Cache   Translate Page      
I don’t think anyone who knows a bit about malware doubts that this sort of thing is possible - we live in a world in which the Stuxnet virus exists and may actually have achieved its long-term goal, after all! Indeed, the Cambridge Uni blog article is an intriguing take on what you might be able to do in real life with a supply chain attack of the sort described in Bloomberg’s article. What I’m struggling with is the peculiar mix of specific and vague in Bloomberg’s report - and the fact that despite years of investigation and a bunch of precise-sounding claims, the report still can’t tell us what to look for - neither in hardware terms nor in network behaviour. (If it calls home, as suggested, surely there is something to reveal about the command-and-control traffic?) In other words, to me the report ends up as little more than “there’s this hardware hack thing on mainboards and it really happened, and... and... and... er, and, well, there you are, folks.” Bloomberg seem so certain that Apple got stitched up with these implants (and, indeed spotted them), yet equally confident they themselves did not get implanted. So there ought to be *some* advice they can give about how to tell the difference between a known-good and known-bad board, if they’ve done it themselves. Instead, this story has ended us as little more than a fearmongering distraction. C’mon, Bloomberg - if you know Apple found these implants on their servers but you yourself found they weren’t there on your us all by giving us some so-called indicators of compromise to look out for!
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Asunción, IP.- El presidente de la República, Mario Abdo Benítez, desarrolló varias actividades este martes en el marco de su visita oficial a China (Taiwán). Inició sus actividades a las 08:00 (19:00 del lunes en Paraguay) con una visita a la Base de Comandos de Aviación y Fuerzas Especiales del Ejército en Taoyuan, con su […]

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官方的人民法院报报道,上海宝山区法院判决一名出售 VPN 翻墙服务的男子有期徒刑三年,缓刑三年,并处罚金人民币一万元。自 2017 年工信部公布规定“未经电信主管部门批准,不得自行建立或租用专线(含虚拟专用网络 VPN)等其他信道开展跨境经营活动”以来,已经多人因出售 VPN 代理服务器而获刑。人民法院报的报道称,被告在一家证券管理公司从事软件开发工作, 自 2016 年 4 月起,创建网站并在网站上出售 VPN 翻墙软件的账户,同时租用境外服务商的多台服务器,向所出售的账户提供可以访问国内 IP 不能访问的外国网站服务。被告于 2017 年 10 月 10 日被抓获,截至 2017 年 10 月,他共计向数百人次提供 VPN 服务。出售 VPN 受到的指控通常是“提供侵入、非法控制计算机信息系统程序、工具罪”。

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At the time the United States joined WWII the main anti-tank gun of the American army was the 37 mm M3 gun. As experience in North Africa showed, this gun could not successfully combat modern tanks. While the 37 mm gun was replaced by more powerful weapons in Europe, the US Army and Marines used these guns in the Pacific theatre until the end of the war.

The United States was far behind European nations in anti-tank weapon development. Leading European armies were beginning to adopt small caliber AT guns by the start of the 1930s, while the Americans only began thinking about adopting them in the middle of the decade. To start, the Americans decided to research foreign experience. One French Canon 25 mm S.A. Mle 1934 gun was purchased in 1935. This gun did not leave a good impression on the Americans: despite its excellent penetration, it was considered too heavy (475 kg, more than the Swedish or German 37 mm gun).

The first battles of the Spanish Civil War showed how important anti-tank artillery was. Successful use of armour did not evade the attention of the Americans either, and in January of 1937 the US Army command decided to develop a 37 mm gun. The gun was supposed to have a low mass (no more than 1000 pounds or 454 kg) and its shell had to penetrate 20 mm of armour at 800-1000 meters. These parameters were based on the thickness of armour of modern tanks and the maximum range of their machineguns, which was 800 meters. In Spain, the Americans took note of the German 3.7 cm Pak anti-tank gun, and bought a sample later. This fact led some historians to insist that the American gun is a copy of the German weapon, but in reality it is an independent design.

Design and improvement

Three branches of the military (cavalry, infantry, and artillery) met at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in May of 1937 to discuss the development of anti-tank weapons. This discussion defined the requirements for the prospective gun. Having examined the 3.7 cm Pak, the participants decided to borrow the design of the sight, somewhat reminiscent of a submarine periscope, which allowed the gunner to aim while still being protected by the gun shield. The artillery branch insisted on a layout similar to field guns, with two gunners to the left and right of the breech, one of which would aim the gun vertically and the other horizontally. The infantry protested, defending the layout where only one gunner was necessary. The most important result of this meeting was to give the development of the new gun to the infantry command. This made it an infantry weapon, and not an artillery one. The Bennet laboratory, a part of the Watervliet arsenal, took up the development.

The design was finished quickly. On September 9th, 1937, the blueprints for the future weapon were approved, and trials of a prototype began at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds on September 9th, 1937. The gun and carriage received the indexes T3 and T1 respectively.

T3 gun on the T1 carriage.

The first trials showed the drawbacks of the gun, or rather the carriage: poor stability when aiming away from the main axis and slow speed of horizontal aiming. The next modification, indexed T1E1, attempted to resolve these problems. It received a two-speed horizontal aiming mechanism (one speed for rough and one speed for precise aiming), but the stability was not improved. In addition, the penetration was insufficient, and the gun jammed often. The customer rejected this gun. The designers rolled up their sleeves and put out three more prototypes with different breech designs: the T7 had a horizontal semiautomatic sliding breech, the T8 had a Nordenfelt eccentric screw breech, and the T10 had a classic vertical sliding breech. All three had the new T5 carriage. The T10 gun showed the best results, and on December 15th 1938 it was standardized as the 37 mm Gun M3 and recommended for mass production. The T5 carriage was named M4 Gun Carriage.


The M3 gun had a monobloc 2.1 meter (56.6 calibers) barrel with 12 right hand rifling grooves. The breech was a vertical sliding breech, hand operated. The firing mechanism was hand fired, spring loaded, and had to be cocked manually after loading. Overall, the design of the breech and firing mechanism was simple and reliable. Despite a lack of automatic mechanism, a well trained crew could make 25 shots per minute.

M3 gun on the M4 carriage.

The recoil system combined springs and hydraulics. The carriage had a split trail with a hitch on the right spade. The wheels had pneumatic tires, the axle was unsprung. Extra trails could be flipped down under the wheels to give the gun additional stability when firing. On January 29th, 1942, the M4A1 carriage was standardized, which gave additional aiming speed. To achieve this, the aiming mechanism could be disengaged, and the gunner could turn the barrel by hand using a special grip on top and to the left of the breech. The gun was aimed using the M6 telescopic sight. A 12.7 mm shield protected the crew.

The crew of the M3 consisted of five men: the commander, gunner, loader, and two ammunition carriers.

The crew could move the gun by hand over short distances/

The gun fired fixed ammunition. There were five types of ammunition: M74 AP and M51 APC were shot without explosive filler. They weighed 870 and 940 grams respectively, and the mass of the whole round was 1.51 and 1.58 kg. The muzzle velocity was 870 m/s. The penetration for the M51 round at 30 degrees was 53 mm at 500 yards (457 m) and 46 at 1000 yards (914 m). The M63 and Mk.II HE shells weighed 730 and 560 grams respectively, and were filled with 39 and 27 grams of explosives. The whole round weighed 1.42 and 1.23 kg. The muzzle velocity of the M63 was 782 m/s. The effectiveness was about the same as that of a hand grenade, which meant the ammunition could be used to destroy MG nests and unarmoured vehicles. The fifth type of ammunition was the M2 canister shot, armed with 126 round steel pellets.

The training tracer TP M51 ammunition was used for training, as well as the M13 and T5 dummies (matching the shape of the M51 and M63 rounds), as well as the M2 blank round weighing 930 grams.

On March 5th, 1942, the M3A1 gun was standardized, which had a threading on the barrel for the attachment of a Solothurn muzzle brake. However, practice showed that it led to preemptive detonation of HE ammunition, and the muzzle brake fell out of use.

In October of 1942, airborne command proposed a carriage design with detachable trails so it could be dropped from the air. Such a carriage was built and tested, but rejected in June of 1943 due to a "lack of need". The Marine Corps also tried to "tune" the M3 for their needs. The Marines were dissatisfied with the small gun shield, and in May of 1944 a larger shield with irregular edges was proposed. The edges made hiding the gun easier. A few prototypes were produced and built in late 1944, but that was the end of it. By this time 37 mm guns were useless even in the Pacific.

A "customized" M3 equipped with an enlarged gun shield with an irregular outline. Iwo Jima, February 21st, 1945.

Production of the M3 began in 1940. The guns were built at the Watervliet arsenal, and the carriages at Rock Island Arsenal. 18,072 guns were built (340 in 1940, 2252 in 1941, 11,812 in 1942, and 4298 in 1943).


The 37 mm anti-tank guns were included in the TO&E of American infantry divisions in 1941. Each infantry battalion received a platoon with three M3 guns, and each infantry regiment received a nine gun company. 3/4 ton Dodge WC-51 trucks were used to tow them, but lighter jeeps were also successfully used. This had an impact on the altered TO&E adopted in April of 1942: now platoons had their guns towed by jeeps, but the companies retained their Dodges. At the same time, the number of guns increased to four per platoon and 12 per company. Now each regiment contained 24 M3 guns. Each of the four artillery squadrons of the artillery regiment received a six-gun platoon. They were supposed to be used to protect artillery positions from tank attacks. Engineer battalions had anti-tank companies with nine M3 guns towed by M2 halftracks. Finally, six guns were kept at the division HQ. Each US infantry division totalled 111 37 mm guns. In addition, at the start of the war the divisions had anti-tank battalions (two companies of 12 M3 guns and one with 12 75 mm M1897A4 guns), but these were quickly taken out and turned into independent tank destroyer battalions.

The 3/4 ton truck was the standard tractor for the gun.

The 37 mm gun could also be towed with a jeep (in this case an American Bantam).

According to the TO&E issued in October 1942, each airborne division received an anti-tank battalion with two companies of 12 M3 guns each and a platoon with four guns in the artillery squadron. The glider regiment had a company with 8 M3s. A division that had one glider regiment would have 36 M3 guns, and a division with two of them would have 44.

M3 gun crew on maneuvers, Tennesee, June 1941.

As of March of 1942, tank divisions had the following distribution of 37 mm guns: 37 in the motorized regiment (four in each motorized infantry company and one in the HQ), 27 in the engineer battalion, and 4 in command units. In total, the division had 68 M3 guns, but in 1943, when tank divisions were refactored from a regimental to a battalion structure, the 37 mm guns vanished from their ranks.

M3 guns served in Alaska, although they didn't encounter enemy tanks here.

The Marine Corps had the same number of M3 guns as the army in their battalion-regiment units: 4 guns per battalion (in the weapons company) plus 12 at the regimental level (in the anti-tank company of the weapons battalion). In addition, the division had a three-battery squadron of M6 SPGs (M3 guns mounted on a Dodge truck), 18 in total. 37 mm guns were taken out of battalions in April of 1943, and the SPG squadron was moved over to towed M3 guns, more suitable for fighting in the jungle. In May of the next year they were removed due to a lack of necessity. The odds of meeting tanks in the Pacific were slim compared to Europe or North Africa. A Marine division had 90 M3 guns in 1942 (18 of them self propelled), but only 36 in 1944.

Use in battle

The combat debut of the M3 happened in December of 1941 during the defense of the Philippines. Information on their use in this battle is sparse, but one episode demands closer attention. On February 8th, 1942, a squad of 20 airmen left without a ride and fighting as infantry landed at Agloloma Bay, on the south of Bataan, in the rear of the Japanese forces. Thanks to an attack by the American landing force, the Japanese were beaten back from favourable positions and lost 600 men. The landing was entirely improvised. The troops landed on two whale boats towed by 11 meter motorboats. The motorboats were equipped with improvised armour made of steel plates and each had a 37 mm gun installed. The gunboats offered fire support for the landing force with a 10 minute artillery barrage. This landing was the first American amphibious operation in WWII.

Fillipino scouts train with an M3 gun, 1941.

The US Marines used M3 guns starting with October of 1942 in the battles for Guadalcanal. Defending their positions at the Matanikau river, the Marines destroyed the Japanese 1st Independent Tank Company armed with Chi-Ha medium tanks. The 37 mm guns also proved effective at defending against infantry attacks. Canister shot mowed down the attackers.

Jungle warfare was not an easy task. A crew from the 7th Infantry Division pulls their M3 gun behind them. Kwajalein, February 1944.

An M3 gun supports Marines at Saipan, June 1944.

While the Japanese possessed only a handful of thin-skinned tanks, the Americans encountered a more serious opponent in November of 1942, after landing in North Africa. The Germans had PzIII and PzIV tanks, and the M3 could do little against their front armour. By then, both the allied British and the Germans had more powerful anti-tank guns (57 mm and 50 mm respectively), while the Americans had to settle for 37 mm cannons. The result was predictable: at the battle for Kasserine Pass 67 M3 guns were destroyed or captured. The commission that studied the result of fighting in Tunisia was ruthless in its conclusions, given on March 5th, 1943.
"These guns were useless as anti-tank weapons and we insist that they are disposed of. They cannot penetrate the front armour or turret of German medium tanks, their rounds bounce off their armour like peas, while German tanks crush our positions..."
To be fair, there was also another opinion. Brigadier Thomas Louis wrote after observing trials against a captured German PzIII tank:
"The 37 mm gun, used with caution, meaning firing at the flanks and avoiding fire from excessive distances, is an effective anti-tank measure." 
The M3's size made it easy to conceal.

New TO&E issued in May of 1943 replaced the M3s with 57 mm M1 guns (copies of British 6-pounders). However, these weapons only appeared in large amounts in early 1944. The campaign in Sicily was fought with 37 mm guns, which were still effective against Italian tanks and captured French Renault R35s. When German tanks appeared on the battlefield, the infantry's only hope was their tank destroyer battalions, armed with M10 SPGs.

By the landings in Normandy, the 57 mm M1 was already the infantry's main anti-tank weapon. In the Pacific theater the guns remained in use until the end of the war. Their small size came in handy when fighting in the jungle.

An M3 gun crew of the 7th Cavalry Regiment at a checkpoint near Santo-Tomas (Luzon, Philippines). March 25th, 1945.

The only notable receiver of this gun through the Lend Lease program was China (1669 units). The second largest supply was to Chile, who received 198 guns. Small batches ended up in other Latin American countries: Paraguay (12), El Salvador (9), Columbia and Bolivia (4 each). Cuba received one single M3. The Free French received 130 of these guns, Great Britain got 78, the USSR 63, and Canada 3.

37 mm M3A1 with a Solothurn muzzle brake and the M5 3" gun. The difference can be seen with the naked eye.

The American 37 mm gun arrived on the scene much later than its analogues, especially the German 3.7 cm Pak "doorknocker". As a result, it was obsolete by the time it entered service, which guaranteed its relatively short and unsuccessful career.

          China is capable of destabilizing or destroying Bitcoin, new research suggests      Cache   Translate Page      

In 2008, Bitcoin was envisioned by its pseudonymous founder Satoshi Nakamoto as a trustless, decentralized peer-to-peer electronic cash system. 

Ten years and numerous crazy price jumps later, Bitcoin appears to have withstood the test of time. But is it really decentralized and thus resilient to attacks?

A new paper, signed by researchers from from Princeton University and Florida International University, suggests that Bitcoin is largely at the whim of one powerful entity: China. 

SEE ALSO: Cryptocurrency exchange claimed it was 'practically impossible' to hack. It was hacked.

The paper (found via The Next Web), which hasn't been peer reviewed yet, outlines numerous potential attacks and disruptions China could launch against Bitcoin. It also argues that China has both the means and motivation to potentially launch such attacks, and that it is already influencing the network in some ways.  Read more...

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          Lotte: Wanderer zwischen den Kulturen      Cache   Translate Page      

Da, wo die Schulmedizin an ihre Grenzen stößt, sollen die Künste von Heilpraktikern und Schamanen eine Heilung bewirken. Ein international bekannter Schamane ist der Mongole Galsan Tschinag, ein Wanderer zwischen den Kulturen, Stammesführer der Tuwa, diplomierter Germanist – und mittlerweile ein Freund der Wersener Familie Israel. Am Donnerstag leitet der Schamane einen Workshop in Larissa Israels „Unison Healing“.

          Buscan proyectos de investigación para la estación espacial China ... - Diario Río Negro      Cache   Translate Page      

Diario Río Negro

Buscan proyectos de investigación para la estación espacial China ...
Diario Río Negro
La antena ubicada en Mendoza fue construida por la agencia espacial europea y despertó menos polémica que la de Neuquén, aunque tienen casi iguales características. Entre los proyectos a realizar indicados por Peña se mencionó la identificación de ...

           2018 Global GCC Slide Valve Industry Report – History, Present and Future      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 10, 2018 ) The key countries in each region are taken into consideration as well, such as United States, China, Japan, India, Korea, ASEAN, Germany, France, UK, Italy, Spain, CIS, and Brazil etc. Get Sample Report at There...
          Digital Out of Home Market Explore Growth Future 2025      Cache   Translate Page      
(EMAILWIRE.COM, October 10, 2018 ) This report offers an overview of the market trends, drivers, and barriers with respect to the Digital Out of Home market. It also provides a detailed overview of the market of different regions across United States, Europe, China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia and...
          Planet Coaster: World's Fair Pack (DLC) angekündigt      Cache   Translate Page      
Frontier Developments hat das World's Fair Pack für Planet Coaster angekündigt. Die Erweiterung wird am 16. Oktober 2018 für 10,99 Euro erscheinen. Der DLC umfasst zehn internationale Szenerien, zwei neue Coaster, 300 Bauelemente und mehr als 60 Landschaftselemente.
Das World's Fair Pack beinhaltet:
  • "Zehn neue, internationale Szenerien die von China, den USA, Frankreich, Marokko, Italien, Deutschland, Japan, Großbritannien, Mexiko und Spanien inspiriert wurden
  • Die neue Transport-Bahn: Polarity - eine fahrerlose magnetgetriebene Bahn
  • Den Jixxer und Intercepter: Ein duellierendes Duo, welches sich mit Motorrad-Wägen eine hyper-dynamische Verfolgungsjagd liefert - angefeuert durch einen Hochgeschwindigkeits-Hydraulik-Antrieb, starten die Motorräder auf einer Bahn mit zwei separaten Spuren ihr Rennen
  • Über 300 maßgeschneiderte Bauelemente mit kulturellen Requisiten, Beschilderungen, Zäunen und Pfaden decken die Erscheinungsbilder der zehn Länder ab"
Zusätzlich zum World's Fair Pack gibt es ein kostenloses Update auf Version 1.8 für alle Spieler. Es beinhaltet neue Restaurants, Verkaufsautomaten und einige Verbesserungen (zum Change-Log).

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          Chris Temple from The National Investor - Tue 9 Oct, 2018      Cache   Translate Page      
Updating Thoughts On Gold, US Markets, Oil, and China
Chris Temple and I discuss a wide range of topics today including weakness in gold and US markets, strength in...
          Sfida sulla carta complicata per Cecchinato a Shanghai      Cache   Translate Page      
Tra i pronostici tennis relativi al secondo turno del masters 1000 di Shanghai spazio al match che avrà come protagonista il nostro Marco Cecchinato. Il siculo nella mattinata di mercoledì 10 ottobre dovrà fare i conti con Hyeon Chung, numero 26 a..
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          Comment on Red Meat and TMAO: Cause for Concern, or Another Red Herring? by AnnieLaurie Burke      Cache   Translate Page      
The China Study has been thoroughly debunked by a number of qualified professionals. It is rife with the biases and pitfalls that Chris indicates plague many studies. For a debunking that is fairly easy for a layman (non-scientist) to follow, check out Denise Minger's analysis.
          Apple and Amazon hacked by China? Here's what to do (even if it's not true)      Cache   Translate Page      
          A disturbing plunge into protectionism….. - Publications – AEI      Cache   Translate Page      

A disturbing plunge into protectionism…..

… is the title of George Will’s latest column in the Washington Post, here’s an excerpt: “China,” says President Trump strangely, “is now paying us billions of dollars in tariffs.” Tariffs are taxes collected at the border and paid in one way or another by various residents of the importing nation. Bloomberg Businessweek notes that [...]

A disturbing plunge into protectionism…..
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          China's Social Credit System      Cache   Translate Page      
Who can you trust? How can you tell whether someone who borrows money from you will pay it back? In the U.S., we have a credit score to help make these calls. But in China, no such system exists. So the government came up with its own equivalent: it will score peoples' trustworthiness using not...

          U.S. Republican senator seeks briefings on reported China hacking attack      Cache   Translate Page      
WASHINGTON, Oct 9- The top Republican on the Senate Commerce Committee has asked Apple Inc, Inc and Super Micro Computer Inc for staff briefings about a Bloomberg report that the Chinese government implanted malicious hardware into server motherboards provided by Super Micro. Senator John Thune said in letters made public on Tuesday to the...
          300,000 Detained in Xinjiang Concentration Camps Were Transferred to Other Provinces      Cache   Translate Page      
Contact: ChinaAid, 432-553-1080,   ALMATY, Kazakhstan, Oct. 9, 2018 /Christian Newswire/ -- Xinjiang authorities have transferred Muslims detainees on a large scale since the end of September. According to locals, almost 300,000 people have been transferred to Gansu and northeastern China.   Photo: A family of Kazakhs pleads for the release of their missing relatives (ChinaAid).   As more and more minorities have been detained, the concentration camps in Source: China Aid Association, Inc.
          US STOCKS-Wall Street edges lower on global worries despite falling yields      Cache   Translate Page      
The International Monetary Fund cut global economic growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019 and its 2019 U.S. and China estimates, saying the two countries would feel the brunt of their trade war next year. President Donald Trump repeated a threat to impose tariffs on $267 billion worth of additional Chinese imports if Beijing retaliates for the recent levies and...
          Tata Motors hits 7-year low, loses Rs 8,200 crore in market cap as lower China demand dents JLR September sales      Cache   Translate Page      
Tata Motors hits 7-year low, loses Rs 8,200 crore in market cap as lower China demand dents JLR September sales JLR#39;s sales in China declined by 46.2 percent during September as compared to the same month last year.
          Commentary: Yes, it's time to end the US-China trade war      Cache   Translate Page      
The world’s first and second largest economies cannot disengage fully, regardless of the actions of particular administrations, say two US foreign policy observers from the Brookings Institution.
          In Pakistan, Learning Chinese Is Cool — And Seen As A Path To Prosperity      Cache   Translate Page      
Saleem Abbas is the kind of student who sits in the front row. He's the first to try to answer a question. He eagerly repeats the Mandarin expressions that his teacher throws at the class: "Is this your family or not?" he repeats after the teacher. Then: "I have a mother." These lessons mean a lot to Abbas, a 17-year-old from a village deep in the Pakistani Himalayas. His father is a retired soldier, and his pension isn't enough to go around. Abbas, one of five siblings, lives with his uncle in a gritty town outside Islamabad, in a room that only contains a thin mattress, where he sleeps and studies. He calls his mother once a month — there's no Internet back home. "Every month, I ask my mother about her health," he says in broken English. "She cries, but I don't cry." His family has staked what little money they have on him. If he masters Mandarin, he can apply for a scholarship to study in China. And with a Chinese degree, he thinks he'll have a chance of getting a good job back in
          The suffering of Cardinal Zen      Cache   Translate Page      
This article is written by Moris Polanco, originally published by Instituto Fe y Libertad and republished with permission. The elderly cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, said in his blog on February 5, 2018, “The brothers and sisters of mainland China are not afraid of being reduced to poverty, of being put into prison, of shedding their blood. Continue Reading...
          Treasuries Close Modestly Higher After Seeing Initial Weakness       Cache   Translate Page      

After an initial move to the downside, treasuries moved modestly higher over the course of the trading session on Tuesday.

Bond prices climbed off their early lows in morning trading and managed to remain in positive territory. Subsequently, the yield on the benchmark ten-year note, which moves opposite of its price, edged down by 1.7 basis points to 3.208 percent.

With the modest decrease on the day, the ten-year yield gave back ground after ending last Friday's trading at its highest closing level in over seven years.

The rebound by treasuries may partly have reflected bargain hunting following the notable weakness seen over the three previous sessions.

Treasuries may also have benefited from news the International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for U.S. and Chinese economic growth.

Citing the "negative effect of recent tariff actions," the IMF said economic growth in the U.S. and China is now expected to slow to 2.5 percent and 6.2 percent, respectively, next year.

Overall trading activity was somewhat subdued, however, as a lack of major U.S. economic data kept some traders on the sidelines following the holiday on Monday.

Trading on Wednesday may be impacted by reaction to the Labor Department's report on producer prices in the month of September.

Producer prices are expected to rise by 0.2 percent in September after slipping by 0.1 percent in August. Core producer prices, which exclude food and energy prices, are also expected to tick up by 0.2 percent.

Bond traders are also likely to keep an eye on the results of the Treasury Department's auction of three-year and ten-year notes.

The Treasury is due to sell $36 billion worth of three-year notes and of $23 billion worth of ten-year notes.

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          Gold Rebounds From 1-week Low, Settles Modestly Higher       Cache   Translate Page      

Gold prices edged higher on Tuesday, after declining to a one-week low on Tuesday, as traders shunned sluggish equities amid mounting concerns over a budget showdown between Italy and the European Union, and on worries about a slowing Chinese economy.

Stock markets in Asia drifted lower on Tuesday after China allowed its currency to slip past a psychological bulwark and the International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for Chinese economic growth.

European markets recovered after a weak start, but buying interest was mostly subdued in the region.

The IMF has lowered its forecast for Chinese economic growth in 2019 to 6.2% from 6.4%, citing "negative effect of recent tariff actions."

Gold futures for December ended up $2.90, or 0.2%, at $1,191.50 an ounce. On Monday, gold futures ended down $17.00, or 1.4%, at $1,188.60 an ounce, the lowest settlement since September 27.

Silver futures for December settled at $14.400 an ounce, gaining $0.071 for the session.

Copper futures for December ended up $0.0395, at $2.8065 per pound.

Treasury yields rose with the benchmark U.S. 10-year note hitting a fresh seven-year high last week and the 30-year Treasury bond climbing to a four-year peak. With an interest rate hike very likely in December and more increases on the cards in the coming year, risk-free bonds were being lapped up by traders.

However, after moving higher initially today, treasuries pared some gains before edging up slightly.

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          IMF Slashes Global Growth Forecast As Trade War Intensifies       Cache   Translate Page      

The International Monetary Fund slashed the global growth forecast for this year and next on Tuesday, citing an increase in the likelihood of further negative shocks, such as a full-blown trade war.

In its latest World Economic Outlook, released in Bali, Indonesia, the Washington-based lender forecast 3.7 percent growth for the world economy for this year and next. That is less than the 3.9 percent predicted in the April report and in a July update.

"Downside risks to global growth have risen in the past six months and the potential for upside surprises has receded," the global lender said in the report. "Escalating trade tensions and the potential shift away from a multilateral, rules-based trading system are key threats to the global outlook," the report noted.

The IMF cautioned that an intensification of trade tensions, and the associated rise in policy uncertainty, could dent business and financial market sentiment, trigger financial market volatility, and slow investment and trade. Further, the lender said higher trade barriers would disrupt global supply chains and slow the spread of new technologies. Consequently, global productivity and welfare would be lowered. And poor households would be hurt disproportionately as more import restrictions would also make tradable consumer goods less affordable.

"There are clouds on the horizon," IMF Chief Economist Maurice Obstfeld said during a press conference.

"Growth has proven to be less balanced than we had hoped."

Obstfeld noted that growth is being supported in several key economies by policies that seem unsustainable over the longer term.

"These concerns raise the urgency for policymakers to act," the economist added.

The US growth forecast for this year was retained at 2.4 percent, while the projection for next year was trimmed to 2.1 percent from 2.2 percent seen in July, citing the recently enacted trade tariffs. Growth projections for China for this year was left unchanged at 6.6 percent for this year, but the forecast for next year was cut to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent. Eurozone's growth outlook for this year was cut to 2 percent from 2.2 percent, while the projection for next year was kept at 1.9 percent. The UK growth forecasts for this year and next were unchanged at 1.4 percent and 1.5 percent, respectively. Obstfeld expressed hope that a deal that includes tariff-free trade between the EU and the UK would be reached. India's growth projection for this year was kept at 7.3 percent, while the outlook for next year was trimmed to 7.4 percent from 7.5 percent.

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          Gold Inches Higher As Risk Aversion Sets In       Cache   Translate Page      

Gold prices rose slightly on Tuesday as global equities tumbled on growing concerns over a budget showdown between Italy and the EU as well as fears over a potential slowdown in China's economic growth.

Spot gold was up 0.16 percent at $1,186.28 an ounce after having falling 1.2 percent on Monday, its biggest single-day percentage fall since Aug. 15. U.S. gold futures were up 0.10 percent at $1,189.80 an ounce.

Asian stock markets ended mostly lower today and European stocks were retreating after China allowed its currency to slip past a psychological bulwark and the International Monetary Fund lowered its forecast for Chinese economic growth in 2019 to 6.2 percent from 6.4 percent, citing the "negative effect of recent tariff actions"

Elsewhere in Europe, Italian Economy Minister Giovanni Tria said he wanted to have constructive talks with EU partners over the 2019 budget.

After unveiling the DEF economic blueprint in parliament, Tria said there was "a lag in economic growth and employment, a lag that is no longer acceptable, 10 years since (the start of) the economic crisis".

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          Ai Weiwei defende chef que se manifestou nas redes sociais contra Bolsonaro      Cache   Translate Page      
O artista plástico chinês Ai Weiwei, que participa do Fronteiras do Pensamento nesta quarta-feira (10), em São Paulo, defendeu em seu perfil no Instagram a chef brasileira Helena Rizzo, do restaurante Maní,  que se manifestou contra a candidatura do deputado Jair Bolsonaro, do PSL, à Presidência da República no último final de semana. Leia mais (10/09/2018 - 10h12)
          Gananoque Downsizing Online Auction - Willowbank Road - Gananoque ON - Sunday October 14th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Gananoque ON - Sunday October 14th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Gananoque Downsizing Online Auction Willowbank RoadWILL SELL by Sunday October 14 2018 8 00 PM nbsp This online auction features furniture such as modern computer desk captain rsquo s bed side tables and antique rocking chairs collectibles such as crystalware fine china and silverplate items art such as framed prints framed needlepoint and watercolour painting tools such as Ryobi drill Black and Decker circular saw and hand tools Hammond electric organ kitchenware linens home
          Mississauga Moving Online Auction - Edenwood Drive - Mississauga ON - Tuesday October 16th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Mississauga ON - Tuesday October 16th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Mississauga Moving Online Auction Edenwood DriveWILL SELL by Tuesday October 16 2018 8 00 PM nbsp This online auction features Sterling silver China Royal Albert quot Chantilly quot service for 12 plus serving pieces tea and coffee set CRYSTAL Waterford clock and stemware serving pieces Swarovski butterfly FURNITURE Kaufman of Collingwood dining hutch side tables with 3 drawers occasional table Victoriaville bedroom pieces dining table and chairs Maytag washer COLLECTIBLE GI
          Richmond Hill Reseller Online Auction - White Lodge Crescent - Richmond Hill, ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Richmond Hill, ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Richmond Hill Reseller Online Auction White Lodge CrescentWILL SELL by Thursday October 18 2018 8 15 PM nbsp This online auction features Marble Top Table Antique Oil Painting Royal Chelsea Dessert Set French Chandelier Silver Plate Tea Service Silver Plated Fish Set Antique China Cabinet Royal Albert China Tea Set Pair Chinese Vases Royal Crown Derby Mikado china and much more Please view catalog and pictures online at MaxSold Everything will SELL BY Thursday October 18 2018 8 15
          Angus Reseller Online Auction - Brian Avenue - Angus ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Angus ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Angus Reseller Online Auction Brian AvenueWILL SELL by Thursday October 18 2018 7 45 PM nbsp This online auction features antique steamer trunk collectibles such as vintage collector spoons vintage tin toys and 1971 Mattel Hot Birds set electronics such as Wii console Acura DVD player and Pioneer stereo system and furniture such as vintage wicker stool solid wood coffee table and bowed glass china cabinet automobile cleaning supplies rechargeable batteries Ogio golf bag with stand
          Unionville Downsizing Online Auction - Pinebrook Hollow - Unionville ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Unionville ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Unionville Downsizing Online Auction Pinebrook HollowWILL SELL by Thursday October 18 2018 9 00 PM nbsp This online auction features furniture such as antique pine dressers antique black walnut sideboard massage table and patio table with umbrella electronics such as Playstation console 32 rdquo Samsung TV and 26 rdquo Samsung TV collectibles such as operatic vocal scores Royal Doulton figures crystal and fine bone china art such as framed photos Bateman framed prints and wood
          Fenelon Falls Estate Sale Online Auction - Concession Road - Fenelon Falls ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Fenelon Falls ON - Thursday October 18th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Fenelon Falls Estate Sale Online Auction Concession RoadWILL SELL by Thursday October 18 2018 8 00 PM nbsp This online auction features a Life Home gas bbq with side burner holiday decor flat screen TVs shelving sewing machine vacuum china wall art wheelchairs records cameras power tools ladders and much more Please view catalog and pictures online at MaxSold Everything will SELL BY Thursday October 18 2018 8 00 PM regardless of price everything starts at just 1 For more inf
          Wozniacki a thiam ber      Cache   Translate Page      
China Open aṭangin player langsar tak tak tla mah se, a tawpah erawh world number 2 Caroline Wozniacki a dingchang ta tho.
          Hamilton Downsizing Online Auction - Howe Avenue - Hamilton ON - Friday October 19th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Hamilton ON - Friday October 19th, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Hamilton Downsizing Online Auction Howe AvenueWILL SELL by Friday October 19 2018 8 00 PM nbsp This online auction features electronics such as GPX home theatre system Sony Bluetooth headphones and Canon printer collectibles such as antique porcelain figure fine china and hockey ephemera furniture such as wicker chair and wooden dresser jewelry CVS work boots carved wooden toys automotive tools garden tools automotive parts home repair items camping equipment glassware and muc
          Del Potro hnehtu Basilashvili a champion      Cache   Translate Page      
Georgia tlangval Nikoloz Basilashvili chuan amah aia rinkai leh player ṭha zawk Juan Martin del Potro chu straight set a hnehin China Open
          Burlington Downsizing Online Auction - McKerlie Crescent - Burlington ON - Monday October 22nd, 2018 - MaxSold Inc.      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - Burlington ON - Monday October 22nd, 2018 - MaxSold Inc. | Burlington Downsizing Online Auction McKerlie CrescentWILL SELL by Monday October 22 2018 8 00 PM nbsp This online auction features lots of fine china dishes and dish sets fine art Asian art and decor oil on canvas by Noswadba and other African themed art pieces art deco wall hanging tea cups and saucers and much more Please view catalog and pictures online at MaxSold Everything will SELL BY Monday October 22 2018 8 00 PM regardless of price everything starts at just 1 For more inf
          Contents Of Wilsonville Home Auction - ON - Thursday October 25th, 2018 - Bid2Buy Online Auctions      Cache   Translate Page      
Online Auction - ON - Thursday October 25th, 2018 - Bid2Buy Online Auctions | Auction Includes 2003 Mercury Grand Marquis LS John Deere Riding Mower John Deere Snow Blower Iron patio Furniture Iron Garden Benches Home Furnishings Fridges Stove Dining Table Chairs Vintage Telephone Table Vintage China Cabinet Several Pieces of Original Art Leather Sofa LP S CD S Roseville Pottery Stone Ware Small Appliances Fine Porcelain Royal Dux Antiques Collectibles Garden Tools Piano Stool Area Rugs Upholstered Recliners Several Quality Fur Coats Sewin
          【喷嚏图卦20181009】这一次,他只在北京停留了三个小时      Cache   Translate Page      


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【霍尔果斯“整改” 芒果果等超800家公司完成注销】据天眼查数据显示,在地址位于新疆伊犁且与霍尔果斯相关的企业中,有2298家企业状态已经显示为“注销”。霍尔果斯市内有847家公司状态显示为“注销”,其中773家公司成立时间不超过5年。已经注销的公司中,就有知名主持人李湘为法定代表人的霍尔果斯芒果果影视文化传媒有限公司,该公司2016年1月成立,公司主要的人员为李湘及其丈夫王岳伦,李湘通过其控制的北京芒果果影视文化传媒有限公司持有霍尔果斯芒果果100%股权。







@刘夙 :张衡地动仪这个破事,应该会有人写详细文章,我就简单说几句吧。



【12】多名男子连云港街头着侵华日军军服“游街” 组织者被刑事拘留 


【13】杭州厦门又出落户新政:不是本科 也算人才




韩媒称,中国电视节目抄袭现象严重,中国抄袭韩国的综艺节目多达34个,如《我是歌手》、《三时三餐》等。报道称这些节目在没有得到版权保护的情况下,在中国以克隆方式制作而成。此前报道称,《偶像练习生》与韩综《Produce 101》的抄袭相似度高达88分,“成抄袭史上之最”。据数据显示,目前中国抄袭的韩国节目达34个。韩国各电视台的节目中,kbs 7个、mbc 3个、sbs 10个、jtbc 5个、tvn 6个,mnet 3个节目均被中国抄袭。

【15】@英式没品笑话百科: 角度刁钻



瑞典皇家科学院8日宣布,将2018年诺贝尔经济学奖授予美国经济学家威廉·诺德豪斯(William D.Nordhaus)和保罗·罗默(Paul Romer),以表彰他们在创新、气候和经济增长方面研究的杰出贡献。



蔡英文总统8日会晤来访的巴拉圭总统阿布铎(Mario Abdo Benítez)伉俪,感谢巴拉圭政府和人民在她今年率团访问时的热情接待,亦期盼透过两方元首的互访,未来台巴的合作交流,能够有更多新进展、新成果。阿布铎总统致词时则表示,他非常荣幸到访台湾,来到台湾有回到家的感觉。阿布铎总统指出,他对此次访台有特殊情感,他的父亲在60年前曾亲自见证两方建交。他也盼可将当初种下的理想和梦想,继续发扬光大。巴拉圭是台湾真实的挚友,希望未来两方能进一步深化合作关系,共谋人民福祉。

【18】澳议员评中国“债务外交陷阱” 被中国驻澳使馆斥为“诽谤”






【21】欧盟撤销贸易优惠 柬埔寨:将捍卫主权




【塔利班呼吁阿富汗人抵制选举】阿富汗塔利班组织8日发表声明,号召阿富汗人民抵制来临的议会选举,并要外国军队全部撤出阿富汗,塔利班称,这是结束17年阿富汗战争的唯一解决方案。在塔利班发表声明之际,美国阿富汗特使哈利勒扎德(Zalmay Khalilzad)正在阿富汗首都喀布尔访问。之后,他将续程到巴基斯坦、阿拉伯联合酋长国、沙特阿拉伯和卡塔尔进行访问,目的在于促成塔利班与阿富汗的和平谈判。

【23】霉霉打破沉默 首度表明支持党派

霉霉泰勒·斯威夫特(Taylor Swift)7日罕见表达政治立场,公开支持即将参加11月中期选举的两位民主党候选人,同时也大声疾呼支持LGBTQ权利、重视性别平等,并反种族主义。她表示:“在过去,我一直不愿意公开表达我的政治观点,但基于过去两年,我的生活与世上发生的一些事,我有了不同的想法。”“我不能投票给那些不愿意为所有美国人争取尊严的人,无论他们的肤色、性别、或他们爱谁”。泰勒说:“请大家务必自行了解你所在州的候选人,并投票给与你价值观贴近的候选人。对于很多人来说,我们可能永远找不到完全同意的候选人或政党,但无论如何我们都必须投票。”

【川普回应霉霉声明:对她歌曲的喜爱要减少了】9日,美国总统川普回应霉霉发表声明一事,他称:“候选人Marsha的工作完成得很出色,我相信Taylor一点也不了解她,现在我对Taylor歌曲的喜爱程度要减少25%了! ”


据 BBC 引述英国独立调查组织 Bellingcat 的调查结果指,索尔兹伯里神经毒剂袭击案中,另一名嫌犯彼得罗夫(Alexander Petrov)的真实身份为米什金(Alexander Mishkin),是俄罗斯总参谋部情报总局(GRU)一名受过严格训练的军方医生。调查报告指,米什金生于1979年,毕业于俄军方一所菁英医疗学校,受训成为俄海军医生。被俄总参谋部情报总局选中后,米什金于2010年移居莫斯科,随即获得“彼得罗夫”这个新身份,并曾多次以此身份前往乌克兰。此前,Bellingcat 已于上月底公布了神经毒剂袭击案中其中一名俄罗斯嫌疑人博什罗夫(Ruslan Boshirov)的真实身份,指其为俄情报总局的切皮加(Anatoliy Chepiga)上校,但随即遭到俄方否认。








【28】最新一期《经济学人》的封面,蒙娜丽莎身穿中山装,手执印有中国国旗的折扇,标题是China's designs on Europe.

【29】@管鑫Sam :旧金山市立法规定城市雕塑、公共建筑物上的人像、公共艺术作品、街道、公园和公共建筑物的名称中,非虚构的女性人物必须至少占比30%。其中,命名、改名的达标截止期为2019年10月,而雕塑、公共艺术作品方面则是成立了基金会,专项推动这项工作。目前旧金山市有87座非虚构人物的雕像,只有三个为女性。

【30】@影评老大爷暗夜骑士 :《邪不压正》官方海报,代表内地送选“奥斯卡外语片”已坐实!其实最稳妥的还是张艺谋的《影》,送《影》有可能入围九强甚至五强,可惜上映时间不符合奥斯卡送选规定。送《邪不压正》机会不大,但已经比前几年的送选作品强很多了。






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Dân trí: Hình ảnh, thể diện và tham vọng mở rộng ảnh hưởng của Trung Quốc tại các tổ chức quốc tế có thể sẽ bị ảnh hưởng sau khi Bắc Kinh âm thầm bắt Chủ tịch Interpol Mạnh Hoành Vĩ để điều tra về cáo buộc tham nhũng.

Ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ (trái) và Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình tại phiên họp toàn thể của Interpol ở Bắc Kinh năm 2017 (Ảnh: Kyodo)

Một năm trước, tại phiên họp toàn thể của Interpol ở Bắc Kinh, Chủ tịch Interpol Mạnh Hoành Vĩ đã ngồi dưới lắng nghe bài phát biểu của Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình. Phát biểu trước 1.000 đại biểu về dự phiên họp, ông Tập tự hào tuyên bố rằng Trung Quốc sẽ đóng vai trò ngày càng quan trọng trong hệ thống hành pháp toàn cầu. Ông cũng khẳng định Trung Quốc là một trong những quốc gia an toàn nhất thế giới và luôn “tuân thủ các nguyên tắc quốc tế”.

Ngày 8/10, Bộ trưởng Bộ Công an Trung Quốc Triệu Khắc Trí đã tuyên bố trong cuộc họp gồm các quan chức an ninh cấp cao tại Bắc Kinh rằng, Chủ tịch Mạnh Hoành Vĩ bị cáo buộc nhận hối lộ và một số tội danh khác. Những người chỉ trích nói rằng lẽ ra ông Mạnh phải bị “phanh phui” từ trước khi được bổ nhiệm làm lãnh đạo Interpol hồi năm 2016.

Câu hỏi lớn nhất được đặt ra xung quanh số phận của ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ là tại sao chính quyền Trung Quốc chấp thuận vạch trần một nhà lãnh đạo mà Bắc Kinh từng ủng hộ để đưa lên vị trí dẫn dắt Interpol - tổ chức kết nối hoạt động hành pháp của 192 quốc gia trên toàn thế giới.

Cả Bộ trưởng Triệu và Bộ Ngoại giao Trung Quốc đều không cung cấp thông tin chi tiết về tội trạng của ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ. Họ cũng không nói rõ rằng liệu các hành vi phạm pháp của ông Mạnh diễn ra trước hay sau khi ông nhậm chức chủ tịch Interpol.

Vụ việc của Chủ tịch Interpol Mạnh Hoành Vĩ do Ủy ban Giám sát Quốc gia Trung Quốc trực tiếp điều tra và đưa ra cáo buộc. Cơ quan này mới được thành lập từ tháng 3 năm nay nhằm mục đích tăng cường các chiến dịch chống tham nhũng của Trung Quốc. Các tòa án và công tố viên Trung Quốc thường thuận theo các quyết định của đảng và hiếm khi phủ nhận kết quả từ các nhà điều tra chống tham những. Mặc dù Trung Quốc chưa công bố quá trình xét xử, song việc bắt giữ ông Mạnh gần như đồng nghĩa với việc chủ tịch Interpol đã bị kết tội.

Sau vài ngày im lặng, đặc biệt sau cuộc họp báo bất thường tại Pháp của vợ ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ để cung cấp cho truyền thông các thông tin liên quan tới sự biến mất bí ẩn của chồng, Trung Quốc mới thừa nhận rằng nước này đang điều tra ông Mạnh và đưa đơn từ chức của ông này lên Interpol.

Bà Grace Mạnh (đứng), vợ ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ, tổ chức họp báo tại Pháp để cung cấp thông tin về sự biến mất bí ẩn của chồng (Ảnh: AFP)

Mạnh Hoành Vĩ đã trở thành một trong những ví dụ điển hình nhất cho thấy các quan chức Trung Quốc khó có thể “thoát tội” dưới tầm kiểm soát của Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình, ngay cả khi người đó là lãnh đạo cấp cao nhất của các tổ chức toàn cầu.

Theo New York Times, việc bổ nhiệm ông Mạnh vào vị trí chủ tịch Interpol cũng như việc bắt giữ ông gần như chắc chắn phải có sự đồng ý của Chủ tịch Tập Cận Bình. Bộ Công an Trung Quốc là một trong những trụ cột chính của đảng Cộng sản Trung Quốc và việc ông Mạnh, thứ trưởng Bộ Công an, tham nhũng sẽ bị coi là hành động phản bội về chính trị.

Tại cuộc họp hôm 8/10, Bộ trưởng Công an Trung Quốc Triệu Khắc Trí đã ngụ ý rằng các hành vi sai trái của ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ là một phần “tàn dư” còn sót lại của thời kỳ Chu Vĩnh Khang - cựu Ủy viên Thường vụ Bộ Chính trị, cựu Bộ trưởng Công an Trung Quốc. Dù đã về hưu nhưng vào năm 2015, ông Chu vẫn bị đưa ra tòa và chịu án chung thân vì tội lạm quyền, nhận hối lộ và làm lộ bí mật quốc gia.

Bộ trưởng Triệu khẳng định vụ việc của ông Mạnh hoàn toàn ông cố tình đi sai đường và “chỉ nên đổ lỗi cho chính mình”. “Điều đó cho thấy không có bất kỳ sự ưu ái đặc biệt hay trường hợp ngoại lệ nào trước pháp luật”, ông Triệu nhấn mạnh.

Chỉ vài tuần trước khi bị bắt, khi đang ở định cao của sự nghiệp, ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ vẫn nỗ lực nâng cao hình ảnh quốc tế của Trung Quốc cũng như cam kết của Bắc Kinh đối với hệ thống hành pháp. Là chủ tịch của Interpol, ông Mạnh thường xuyên có những bài phát biểu với nội dụng thúc đẩy các ưu tiên của Interpol và sự đóng góp của Trung Quốc đối với các ưu tiên này.

Nguy cơ đối với Trung Quốc

Ông Mạnh từng là thứ trưởng Bộ Công an Trung Quốc (Ảnh: China News)

Dù xảy ra trường hợp nào đi chăng nữa, sự biến mất bí ẩn và đột ngột của ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ trong thời gian qua đã gieo rắc tâm lý lo ngại, bất ổn đối với các quan chức Trung Quốc cũng như những tổ chức quốc tế đang ngày càng trao quyền lãnh đạo nhiều hơn cho người Trung Quốc. Đây cũng là một đòn nặng nề mà Trung Quốc tự giáng vào những nỗ lực của mình trong việc mở rộng vai trò lãnh đạo của Bắc Kinh đối với các vấn đề toàn cầu.

“Thử tưởng tượng nếu Trung Quốc bằng cách nào đó, vào một ngày nào đó, giữ vị trí tổng thư ký Liên Hợp Quốc. Rồi sau đó ông tổng thư ký này đột nhiên biến mất. Việc Trung Quốc ngang nhiên hành động vượt ra ngoài khuôn khổ của các chuẩn mực quốc tế thực sự đáng quan ngại”, Michael Caster, nhà nghiên cứu ở Bangkok chuyên theo dõi hệ thống pháp lý Trung Quốc, nhận định.

Paul Haenle, giám đốc Trung tâm Chính sách toàn cầu Carnegie-Tsinghua ở Bắc Kinh, sự biến mất đột ngột của ông Mạnh đã tạo ra làn sóng chấn động trong cộng đồng quốc tế, khiến những người chỉ trích tin rằng Trung Quốc không phải là nước phù hợp với các vai trò lãnh đạo quan trọng trên thế giới.

“Rất khó tưởng tượng rằng có bất kỳ tổ chức quốc tế nào khác sẵn sàng trao quyền lãnh đạo cho một công dân Trung Quốc. Sao họ có thể tin được chuyện này sẽ không lặp lại”, ông Paul nói.

Theo giới phân tích, vụ việc của ông Mạnh cho thấy không có bất kỳ người nào được xem là “bất khả xâm phạm” trong chiến dịch chống tham nhũng của Trung Quốc. Tuy nhiên, vụ việc cũng làm dấy lên nhiều quan ngại về vai trò của các quan chức Trung Quốc khi họ đảm nhận các chức vụ lãnh đạo tại các tổ chức quốc tế.

“Vụ việc này chưa từng có tiền lệ. Nó cho thấy những nỗ lực ngày càng tăng của Bắc Kinh trong việc giải quyết các vấn đề tham nhũng nghiêm trọng liên quan tới những con hổ, hay còn gọi là các quan chức ở cấp rất cao. Đây cũng là mối lo ngại đối với các quan chức khác của Trung Quốc cũng như các tổ chức quốc tế khác vì họ có thể cũng nằm trong tầm ngắm”, Marc Lanteigne, chuyên gia về chính trị Trung Quốc và các tổ chức quốc tế tại Đại học Massey ở New Zealand nhận định.

Trong những năm gần đây, Trung Quốc ngày càng dành nhiều sự quan tâm tới việc tham gia vào các tổ chức đa phương. Nhiều người Trung Quốc đang nắm giữ các vị trí cấp cao tại các cơ quan thuộc Liên Hợp Quốc và Ngân hàng thế giới. Tuy nhiên, theo nhà nghiên cứu Abigail Grace tại Trung tâm An ninh mới của Mỹ, vụ việc của ông Mạnh cho thấy các quan chức Trung Quốc không thể tự hành động độc lập trong khuôn khổ các tổ chức quốc tế. Thay vào đó, họ luôn nằm dưới sự kiểm soát của chính quyền Bắc Kinh.

Theo bà Grace, vụ việc của ông Mạnh cũng cho thấy Trung Quốc coi những ưu tiên về chống tham nhũng quan trọng hơn sức ép từ cộng đồng quốc tế. “Rõ ràng, họ cố ý muốn giữ cho vụ việc này kín đáo nhất có thể. Họ xem đây là vấn đề nội bộ”, bà Grace nói về sự thiếu minh bạch của Bắc Kinh khi bắt giữ chủ tịch Interpol.

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Dân trí : Không chỉ Tổ chức Cảnh sát Hình sự Quốc tế mà cả gia đình ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ cũng bất ngờ trước sự biến mất bí ẩn của chủ tịch Interpol trước khi Trung Quốc xác nhận ông bị điều tra vì cáo buộc nhận hối lộ.

Ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ tức giữ chức thứ trưởng Bộ Công an Trung Quốc (Ảnh: China Daily)

Tháng 4/2004: Thăng tiến tại Bộ Công an Trung Quốc

Nhận bằng cử nhân luật tại Đại học Bắc Kinh, một trong những cơ sở giáo dục hàng đầu của Trung Quốc, Mạnh Hoành Vĩ được bổ nhiệm làm thứ trưởng Bộ Công an Trung Quốc từ năm 2004. Khi đó ông Mạnh làm việc dưới quyền cựu Bộ trưởng Công an Trung Quốc Chu Vĩnh Khang.

Cũng trong năm 2004, ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ được giữ chức lãnh đạo tổ chức Interpol tại Trung Quốc. Ông từng nắm giữ nhiều vị trí cấp cao như lãnh đạo Cơ quan Chống khủng bố Quốc gia Trung Quốc và lãnh đạo Cục Cảnh sát Biển Trung Quốc vào năm 2013.

Tháng 11/2012: Bình an vô sự trước “sóng gió”

Sau đại hội đảng Cộng sản Trung Quốc vào năm 2012, ông Tập Cận Bình trở thành tổng bí thư. Cùng thời điểm đó, ông Chu Vĩnh Khang nghỉ hưu.

Không lâu sau khi nghỉ hưu, ông Chu Vĩnh Khang “mất tích” trước công chúng. Năm 2014, các nhà chức trách Trung Quốc xác nhận ông đang bị điều tra vì cáo buộc tham nhũng. Cuộc điều tra đã nhằm vào hàng trăm nhân vật gần gũi với ông Chu Vĩnh Khang trong ngành dầu khí Trung Quốc - nơi ông từng công tác, và cả trong Bộ Công an Trung Quốc.

Ông Chu Vĩnh Khang bị kết án tù chung thân vào năm 2015 với một loạt tội danh gồm nhận hối lộ, lạm dụng quyền lực và tiết lộ bí mật quốc gia.

Từng là cấp dưới của Chu Vĩnh Khang, ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ khi đó vẫn “bình an vô sự”. Vợ ông Mạnh gần đây chia sẻ rằng chồng bà và ông Chu Vĩnh Khang không có quan hệ gần gũi, thậm chí bà còn nói ông Chu từng có ý định đánh bật ông Mạnh ra khỏi Bộ Công an.

Tháng 11/2016: Biểu tượng quốc tế của Trung Quốc

Ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ phát biểu khi còn là chủ tịch Interpol (Ảnh: Getty)

Tháng 11/2016, ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ được bổ nhiệm làm chủ tịch Interpol nhiệm kỳ 4 năm tại Indonesia. Mặc dù chức danh chủ tịch chủ yếu mang tính biểu tượng, song ông Mạnh vẫn được xem là nhân vật có tầm ảnh hưởng và giúp Trung Quốc mở rộng vị thế của nước này trên trường quốc tế.

Với 192 quốc gia thành viên, Interpol có quyền phát “thông cáo đỏ” - một công cụ tương đương với lệnh bắt giữ toàn cầu. Vào thời điểm ông Mạnh nhậm chức chủ tịch Interpol, Trung Quốc đang phát lệnh truy nã với 100 quan chức và nghi phạm tham nhũng bỏ trốn ra nước ngoài với mục tiêu đưa toàn bộ các đối tượng này về nước để xét xử.

Trong khoảng thời gian ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ công tác tại Interpol, Trung Quốc đã đệ trình danh sách truy nã các nghi phạm khẩn cấp nhất tới Interpol và 15 người trong danh sách này đã bị đưa về Trung Quốc kể từ năm 2017.

Từ tháng 12/2017 - tháng 4/2018: Dấu hiệu gặp rắc rối

Mặc dù việc bắt giữ ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ là hành động bất ngờ, song vẫn có một số dấu hiệu cho thấy chủ tịch Interpol có thể đã lọt vào tầm ngắm của chính quyền Trung Quốc từ trước đó.

Chính quyền trung ương Trung Quốc đã rút ông Mạnh rời khỏi vị trí Cục trưởng Cục Cảnh sát Biển và Cục phó Cục Hải dương Quốc gia vào tháng 12/2017, song không cung cấp thông tin chi tiết.

Tới tháng 4/2018, Bộ Công an Trung Quốc thông báo ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ không còn là thành viên của Ủy ban Trung ương đảng Cộng sản Trung Quốc - đơn vị giám sát Bộ Công an Trung Quốc. Động thái này đã làm dấy lên nhiều đồn đoán về tương lai chính trị của ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ.

Tháng 9/2018: Tin nhắn hình con dao

Tin nhắn hình con dao do ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ gửi cho vợ trước khi mất liên lạc (Ảnh: Quartz)

Lần cuối cùng ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ xuất hiện trước công chúng là vào ngày 23/8 tại Singapore.

Bà Grace Mạnh, vợ ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ, cho biết chồng bà đã gửi cho bà tin nhắn với nội dung “hãy chờ cuộc gọi của anh” vào ngày 25/9 trước khi gửi tiếp hình ảnh một con dao. Sau đó, bà Grace mất liên lạc với chồng.

Bà Grace báo tin về sự mất tích bí ẩn của chồng cho cảnh sát thành phố Lyon, Pháp - nơi đặt trụ sở Interpol vào ngày 4/10. Bà Grace nói rằng ông Mạnh đã mất tích 10 ngày kể từ khi trở về quê nhà Trung Quốc.

Tháng 10/2018: Các thông tin được công bố

Sau khi nhận được tin báo về sự biến mất đột ngột của ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ, Interpol ngày 6/10 phát thông báo, yêu cầu chính quyền Trung Quốc cung cấp thông tin ông Mạnh đang ở đâu.

Ngày 7/10, cơ quan điều tra tham nhũng của Trung Quốc đưa ra thông báo với một câu duy nhất cho biết chủ tịch Interpol đang bị điều tra. Không lâu sau đó, Interpol cho biết ông Mạnh đã từ chức.

Tại Pháp, vợ ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ đã chia sẻ câu chuyện của chồng trước báo chí, song giấu mặt vì không muốn ảnh hưởng tới sự an toàn của bản thân và các con.

Ngày 8/10, trong thông báo khá dài được đăng trên truyền thông Trung Quốc, Bộ Công an Trung Quốc đã nói rõ hơn về lý do bắt giữ ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ. Theo đó, Bắc Kinh xác nhận chủ tịch Interpol bị điều tra vì nhận hối lộ và vi phạm pháp luật.

“Điều đó cho thấy không có bất kỳ sự ưu ái nào cũng như không có ngoại lệ trước pháp luật. Bất kỳ ai phạm pháp đều bị trừng phạt nghiêm khắc”, Bộ Công an Trung Quốc nhấn mạnh.

Hiện chưa rõ cuộc điều tra đối với ông Mạnh Hoành Vĩ sẽ kéo dài bao lâu và quy trình xét xử ông sẽ diễn ra như thế nào.

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Mengutip Reuters, Rabu (10/10/2018), Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) turun 56,21 poin, atau 0,21 persen menjadi 26.430,57. Untuk S&P 500 kehilangan 4,09 poin atau 0,14 persen menjadi 2.880,34. Berbeda, Nasdaq Composite menambahkan 2,07 poin atau 0,03 persen menjadi 7.738,02.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) memotong perkiraan pertumbuhan ekonomi global  untuk 2018 dan 2019. Lembaga ekonomi dunia tersebut menyatakan ekonomi global akan tumbuh 3,7 persen pada akhir 2018, turun dari perkiraan Juli lalau yang ada di angka 3,9 persen.

IMF juga memotong estimasi pertumbuhan ekonomi AS dan China di 2019. IMF mengatakan bahwa kedua negara tersebut akan mengalami tekanan karena adanya perang dagang.

Sementara Presiden AS Donald Trump mengulanhi ancaman untuk mengenakan tarif tambahan impor China senilai USD 267 miliar Jika Beijing kembali menerapkan retribusi baru.

Sentimen tersebut mempengaruhi saham-saham sektor material yang mengalami penurunan 3,4 persen. Pelemahan ini merupakan penurunan harian terbesar sejak 8 Februari lalu. Saham perusahaan kimia PPG Industries menjadi saham yang mengalami pelemahan terbesar yaitu jatuh 10 persen.

Perusahaan yang terdaftar di Wall Street ini sangat terpengaruh dengan perang dagang AS dengan China karena perang dagang membuat bahan baku lebih mahal dan permintaan dari China juga mengalami pelemahan.

"Dengan penurunan prediksi pertumbuhan ekonomi global ini sangat berpengaruh kepada indeks S&P 500 karena sebagian besar saham di indeks ini memiliki orientasi ekspor," jelas Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist di Janney Montgomery Scott, Philadelphia, AS.

Namun memang, pelemahan Wall Street tidak terlalu besar karena memperoleh dukungan dari penurunan imbal hasil obligasi berjangka waktu 10 tahun pemerintah AS. Setelah mengalami lonjakan yang cukup tinggi pada pekan lalu, imbal hasil obligasi pemerintah ini mengalami penurunan dan memberikan angin segar kepada pasar ekuitas.

"Dengan adanya penurunan imbal hasil ini maka pasar saham bisa sedikit bernafas lega," kata Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist di Invesco, New York, AS.


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Sektor industri yang merupakan sektor yang sangat sensitif terhadap perdagangan kehilangan 1,5 persen. Saham maskapai penerbangan mengalami pelemahan terbesar dengan jatuh 3 persen.

American Airlines mengalami presentase penurunan terbesar dengan turun 6,5 persen setelah mengatakan bahwa harga bahan bakar yang lebih tinggi akan mempengaruhi kinerja perusahaan di kuartal III.

Sedangkan indeks energi menjadi penyelamat indeks S&P 500 dengan mengalami kenaikan 1 persen karena harga minyak naik di tengah penurunan ekspor minyak mentah Iran dan penutupan sebagian besar produksi di Teluk Meksiko karena adanya badai Michael.


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HACIA LA FORMACION DEL CRIOLLO ¡¡¡VOLKSSTURM!!! De aquí en más doy por inaugurada una nueva etapa comunicacional para con los Hermanos de mi Patria. Entre los que he de exceptuar a todos los que han medrado con el bienestar económico, moral y emocional de los mas indefensos que, como siempre fueron, son y ansío que dejen de ser los más numerosos. Asumiendo el riesgo que estos nuevos giros gramaticales, pueden aparentar como un tanto cursis. Pero a pesar de ello correré el riesgo, porque con razón o sin ella, creo que llegó el tiempo de las arengas disuasivas, en lugar de las reflexivas pretéritas sin efecto alguno. Todos los que redactamos artículos y somos a su vez apasionados lectores, de cuanto no publican los medios corporativos, que nos consideran como nulos aportantes de cuestionamientos revulsivos, contamos al menos con algunos portales que difunden estas entregas, aun consideradas como panfletarias. Veremos qué acontece en unos meses. Pero aunque podamos, no debemos aguardar que estos capitanes de la industria audiovisual, adviertan que cuando caiga este telón de iniquidades, ellos también caerán y por cierto que harán más ruido que el puñado que somos todos nosotros juntos. Entonces, hacia el tema de hoy me encamino, principiando con lo vernáculo: La banca privada argentina, aunque existe una autocensura pedorrística que lo silencia a sabiendas -lean bien- ESTÁ A PUNTO DE INGRESAR EN LA BANCARROTA. No precisamente, porque depositantes, cuentacorrentistas y ahorristas, concurran el mañana lunes a retirar masivamente depósitos en efectivo que, no atesoran porque en su reemplazo, están pletóricos de bonos de la deuda pública. El motivo que los mantiene inquietos a todos estos usureros cartelizados bajo una fachada lícita es otro. Relacionado estrictamente al desplome irredento de sus cotizantes paquetes accionarios en Wall Street. Que a lo largo del año en curso han perdido entre el SESENTA/SETENTA POR CIENTO DE SUS VALORES. Esa sibilina pero constante depreciación es la única que impide su retracción hacia la suba. Todo el resto de las empresas argentinas están sufriendo idéntica suerte, porque nuestros activos nada valen. Y esa, descartando cualquiera otra, es la inadvertida cimiente de nuestro derrumbe institucional, financiero y ocupacional. Con lenguaje más doméstico, la Patria está en quebranto y sin capacidad de endeudamiento adicional factible. Ya en absoluto impeditivo, para que dicho retroactivo efecto subsane esta demencial política económica de inyectar circulante como el del viernes, en el que se lanzaron al circuito CUATRO MIL MILLONES DE DÓLARES EN PESOS, apenas para evitar que la lechuga trepara a cuarenta y siete pesos en una sola rueda. Estos economistas de utilería: Ferreres, Broda, Kiguel y Marx que hicieron ropa para la foto días pasados en el Banco Central, además de canallitas, son un conjunto de imbéciles por validar la mera apariencia de normalidad cambiaria. También deberán de responder por sus ilimitados crímenes en pocos meses y por encubrimiento. Ciento cuarenta y tres mil de cuatrocientas sesenta mil Pymes, ya bajaron sus persianas: -Período 2017-2018- Algunas, muy pocas, con sus propietarios dentro para cancelar los pasivos laborales y la inmensa mayoría, abandonadas a su suerte junto con los obreros. Aquí, los especialistas del Banco Mundial, estiman que a este ritmo de constantes y nuevas fallidas, ese universo de pequeños y medianos emprendimientos será reducido en dos tercios adicionales para febrero/2019. Sin un equipo de recambio para desplazar a esta murga PRO, no se debe esforzar demasiado la mente humana, para decodificar lo que ello implicará. Nada más ni menos que la plenitud anárquica en su máximo esplendor. Y es por ello que desacredito de continuo y censuro a la prensa corporativa. Lo resumiré en dos parámetros: A) Cuando el bobo de Bonelli y el otro papafrita cuyo apellido no recuerdo, convocan a tantos desvergonzados a ese somnoliento espacio, no interrumpen la encuesta para interrogarlos acerca de las causas penales que tienen en trámite. Y nadie junto con ellos saca los pies del plato. Ni Morales Solá, ni los Leucovich y menos aun la Doctora Nelson Castro quien no satisfecha con su propio rol de marica, presenta un imitador clon. En ese sentido les otorgo algo más de crédito a Wiñazki y a su compañera que al menos no hacen de la hipocresía, una fachada. Dicen que Scioli cuando se vea cercado por el coimero de Garganta, quien ya no le fía, porque solo se interesa en el contado con liqui, le dará una exclusiva a Perfil y/o La Nación. Consistente en las facturas que por cientos emitió este turquito remendón de Majul durante diez años y que, según dicen, ascienden a entre cinco y seis palos/dólar. Otro que lo pondrá al desnudo al judío renegado Feinman, dicen que será Cristóbal López, quien exhibirá las súplicas felpuderas del primero, para que no lo echase de C5N, a patadas en el orto. Lo que determinó que este último se deshiciera en lisonjas y gratitudes, propias de un supino alcahuete. Y así es todo el resto, incluyendo a ese ganso, apellidado Michelli creo, que abandonó al Trece por ATC y cuando le metieron un voleo, se victimizó, en vez de joderse por dejarse forrear. Y B) Macricio se lamenta y conduele en público por el crecimiento de la pobreza extrema que, dice, ha trepado al 30%. Y todos estos lameculos exponencian esas presidenciales dolencias, ratificando dicho porcentaje. Si damos por sentado que todos los productos de primera necesidad -léase- comestibles, bebidas, artículos de aseo, calzado, indumentaria, espectáculos, limpieza, ferrosos, durables, suntuarios, perecederos y no, tarifas de servicios, combustibles y etc. aumentaron más de un CIENTO VEINTE POR CIENTO ANUAL COMPARADO AL 2017, inclusivo de la canasta básica de alimentos. Y que lo salarios, en el más óptimo de los supuestos, crecieron solo el CUARENTA, existe un escenario social de al menos DIEZ MILLONES DE TRABAJADORES INDIVIDUALES ya inmersos, prácticamente, en la mendicidad ambulante. Si ello es tan solo una verdad de a puño ¿POR QUÉ ESTOS PELOTUDOS PERIODISTAS RESIGNAN SINCERAR LA REALIDAD INDIGENCISTA QUE ES DEL 75%? Y de igual modo ¿qué los impulsa a pronosticar y concordar con el gobierno sobre una inflación acumulativa para diciembre del 50%, cuando triplicará o más ese augurio, si ahora, sin aguardar que lo infausto crezca ya es de casi tres veces lo oficial? En eso exclusivamente anida mi desprecio irreductible por todos estos holgazanes, meros repetidores de datos oficiales, incluyendo a los ¿opositores? como los de Crónica y otros de esa calaña de pseudos & fictos combativos. Toda vez que si lo fuesen en vez de los quintas columnas que son, batirían el parche con las mismas cifras y estadísticas que manejamos nosotros y que no es otra cosa que DATAS PÚBLICAS. No secretos nucleares celosamente custodiados. Y porque esas intrigantes diletancias solo alimentan más desconcierto a una población atónita y desconcertada de cara al futuro inmediato. Haciéndolos, esa inconfesable complicidad con el sistema, como acreedores de los primeros patíbulos cuando los mismos sean erigidos en plazas y parques. Fueron dos Periodistas con mayúsculas, los que tumbaron a un todopoderoso Nixon, quien venía de suturar las heridas de Vietnam, Laos y Camboya; y de abrir a toda la industria gringa las puertas de China Popular. Tan solo porque le mintió al Congreso. Comparemos aquella gesta con esta comparsa parlamentaria que sesiona veinte veces al año y que irremediable y alarmantemente, coloca a esa prostibularia membresía en una endemia de surmenaje. Y en las que todos son valijeados y/o valijeros para levantar la mano, dar quorum o permanecer en sus cubiles. Con todo y demás, nada motiva a estos payasescos locutores -por la carencia de idearios propios- para que se rebelen contra el sistema. No, porque los sobres que salen de 25 de mayo 52, son más tentadores, ya que es un servicio exprés que funciona aceitadamente desde que el Coti & Chupete Applebaum (Manzano) lo activaron desde febrero de 1984 hasta la fecha. Sino, porque todos estos cagatintas son excesivamente baratos. Cuando historiadores ad hoc contratados por el FMI describan el epitafio nuestro mostrenco capítulo democrático, infiero que, iniciarán ese prólogo, afirmando que nuestro exterminio masivo, partió por los pedorristas afines al aparato. Que ocultaron a todos sus congéneres, sobre el gigantesco desborde de los anómalos y mentirosos datos de una Administración solo conspicua hacia los organismos multilaterales de créditos impagables. Solo después de reseñar debidamente a todos estos turritos/orates se avocarán a los jueces y sus miles de trapisondas, y mucho después por legisladores, presidentes y ministros. El capítulo final y epílogo, habrán de depositarlo en una población inconexa y atontada que pese a las prédicas nuestras y de otros, nada hicieron para ponerse a salvo de esos peligros primero y la devastación después. Pero antes que el fin principie, una fuerza irregular, mal armada, sin entrenamiento militar ni previo ni adecuado y compuesta por adolescentes y quizás, muchos ancianos que nada tendrán para perder, improvisen un Ejército. En el que acaso prevalezcan las muletas, por sobre inexistentes bayonetas caladas. Algo por el estilo sucedió en el Berlín de diciembre-1944/mayo-1945. Se lo conoció por LA TORMENTA DEL PUEBLO. Sus casi cuatrocientos mil adherentes, fueron, como muy previsible resultaba imaginar, diezmados en menos de cien días por las hordas de mongoles soviéticos que cegaban todo a su paso, incluyendo la violación y estrangulamiento de TRESCIENTAS MIL INDEFENSAS BERLINESAS. Que en su mayoría, de las sobrevivientes, su integridad optó por el suicidio, por embarazos repudiados, heridas múltiples y/o simplemente el estrés post traumático de algo inolvidable. Traje este fenómeno comparativo a colación, no precisamente por su afinidad al que aquí procurará formarse. Ya que aquél, se integró solo porque no había estacionada en la capital germana, ni una sola División Blindada para defender esa plaza. La desperdigada soldadesca de las Wermacht estaba compuesta por extranjeros. Holandeses de la NSD, belgas del Partido Rex, húngaros de los Arrow Cross y croatas nacionalistas de Pavelich. El resto de los teutones, muertos en combate, capturados o heridos. Todos los historiadores clásicos están contestes que estas guerrillas fueron diezmadas por la superioridad aérea, táctica, logística y sobre todo numérica. Pero al menos, hasta el preciso instante en el que el señor Hitler sucumbió por esa mezcla de un auto disparo en su garganta y la ingesta de cianuro casi en duplicidad, todos estos ancianos y niños NO CAPITULARON. Porque eran muy conscientes que un mandato se les había impuesto. 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Muy saludable sería que la argentinidad -nuestra parte al menos- comience a familiarizarse con una idea madre y es que nos auto impongamos una sola consigna... HACIA LA FORMACIÓN DEL CRIOLLO ¡¡¡VOLKSSTURM!!! Cordialmente, Carlos Belgrano.-
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jhfenton wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 3:36 pm

I did open a position in VEGBX (Vanguard Emerging Market Bond Admiral Shares), Vanguard's active EM bond fund, when it went live last December.

Despite the fact that emerging market equities have tanked over that period, VEGBX has not. It is actually my best-performing bond fund over that period. (That is not saying much.)

(VEGBX is not connected in any way to VWOB/VGAVX, Vanguard's EM bond index funds. VEGBX is an active mutual fund. It has accumulated about $100 MM in assets.)


VWOB and VEGBX certainly approach Emerging Markets in different ways, and I think cap-weighted indexing may be problematic when it comes to EM bonds. VWOB is of course a "Government" index, but there are govt.-owned corporations issuing bonds which are also included in it. I suppose VWOB would fall under "USD sovereign" in Nisi's graphic above, contrary to VEGBX. Anyhow, here's a look at their holdings as posted in their respective Vanguard profile pages. Of course there's that elephant in the room - maybe call it a panda:

(Market allocations as of 08/31/2018)

CODE: Select all

     VWOB/VGAVX                       VEGBX 

(Vang EM Govt Bond Index) (Vang EM Bond "active")

China 17.40% Mexico 8.30%
Mexico 8.20% Indonesia 8.10%
Brazil 5.70% Argentina 7.50%
Indonesia 5.70% Chile 6.20%
Russia 4.70% Guatemala 3.60%
United Arab Emi 4.60% Ukraine 4.20%
Saudi Arabia 4.20% Colombia 4.10%
Turkey 3.80% Hungary 3.50%
Argentina 3.60% Philippines 3.20%
Qatar 3.50% Russia 3.20%
Colombia 2.40% Brazil 3.10%
Philippines 2.00% Kazakhstan 3.00%
South Africa 1.70% Egypt 2.80%
Chile 1.60% Lithuania 2.50%
Lebanon 1.60% Trinidad & Toba 2.50%
Oman 1.50% India 2.20%
Egypt 1.40% Uruguay 2.10%
India 1.40% Dominican Repub 2.00%
Kazakhstan 1.40% El Salvador 1.90%
Malaysia 1.40% Romania 1.60%
Bahrain 1.20% South Africa 1.60%
Panama 1.20% Ghana 1.50%
Ukraine 1.20% Oman 1.50%
Dominican Repub 1.10% Peru 1.50%
Ecuador 1.10% Turkey 1.50%
Hungary 1.10% United States 1.50%
Peru 1.10% Angola 1.30%
Uruguay 1.00% Honduras 1.30%
Kuwait 0.80% Sri Lanka 1.30%
Poland 0.80% Bermuda 1.10%
Sri Lanka 0.80% Paraguay 1.10%
Croatia 0.70% Mongolia 0.90%
Nigeria 0.70% Senegal 0.90%
Venezuela 0.70% Panama 0.80%
Romania 0.60% United Kingdom 0.80%
Azerbaijan 0.50% Armenia 0.70%
Costa Rica 0.50% Croatia 0.70%
Angola 0.40% Lebanon 0.60%
Ghana 0.40% Saudi Arabia 0.70%
Ivory Coast 0.40% Serbia 0.60%
Jamaica 0.40% Venezuela 0.70%
Morocco 0.40% Qatar 0.50%
Pakistan 0.40% Jordan 0.50%
El Salvador 0.30% Ivory Coast 0.40%
Iraq 0.30% Latvia 0.20%
Kenya 0.30% Costa Rica 0.20%
Mongolia 0.30%
Paraguay 0.30%
Serbia 0.30%
Belarus 0.20%
Bolivia 0.20%
Gabon 0.20%
Guatemala 0.20%
Jordan 0.20%
Senegal 0.20%
Trinidad & Toba 0.20%
United States 0.20%
Vietnam 0.20%
Zambia 0.20%
Armenia 0.10%
Bahamas 0.10%
Bermuda 0.10%
Ethiopia 0.10%
Georgia 0.10%
Honduras 0.10%
Namibia 0.10%
Thailand 0.10%
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Discovery shows China continues to sabotage critical technology components bound for America.
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In our society, there are always a certain percentage of people who adopt a freeloader attitude. They let other members of society do all the work and do not do their part. In a new study published in EPJ B, Chunpeng Du from Yunnan University of Finance and Economics, Kunming, China, and colleagues show that it is possible to incentivize members of society to cooperate by providing them fixed bonuses and, thus, prevent freeloader behavior from becoming prevalent.
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Although HMD Global recently unveiled a brand new mid-range smartphone, the Nokia 7.1, it appears that the Finnish company has at least one more surprise in store for its fans. HMD has two other announcements to make this month on October 11 and October 17. The first event will take place in India, while the second will be held in China.

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87 films compete for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

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A total of 87 films, including three Chinese-language films, are competing in the Foreign Language Film category of the 91st Academy Awards, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Monday.

   The number is down slightly from last year's record 92 submissions. Malawi and Niger are the first-time entrants in the Foreign Language Film category.

   The action comedy film "Hidden Man" was selected as the Chinese entry of the mainland for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars.

   Directed by Jiang Wen and starring Jiang Wen, Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, Zhou Yun and Xu Qing, "Hidden Man" is an adaptation of Chinese writer Zhang Beihai's novel "Xia Yin" ("The Reclusive Hero").

   The military action film "Operation Red Sea" was submitted in the category by Hong Kong, China.

   The "Great Buddha+," a dark comedy film written and directed by Huang Hsin-yao, was selected as the entry of Taiwan, China.

   The three Chinese-language films will face fierce competition with some high-profile contenders from across the world.

   Mexico's "Roma" that won the top prize at Venice, Japan's "Shoplifters" that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and Poland's "Cold War" that won the Best Director prize at Cannes, are among the front runners in this year's Foreign Language Film category.

   Nominations for the 91st Academy Awards will be announced on Jan. 22, 2019 and the awards ceremony is set for Feb. 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood

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APOSTLE TALK - Future News Now

Geopolitics ~ Intelligence ~ Prophecy







AI doesn't wait for tomorrow … it creates tomorrow. Tomorrow is here … today!”

Artificial Intelligence helps track down alien life.”

China uses facial recognition to fine jay-walkers … ban some from foreign travel taking passports.


Last session we discussed: When super humans become advanced—enhanced—to a stage where the ordinary normal human is no longer relevant other than for “slave” activities, then … genocide—mass destruction—of the normal humans will become efficient in terms of Global Governance.”

If you survived after Part 1, I have another challenge for you. Let's see if you're up to it. This session we will discuss “Genetic Alteration … or ... Modification.”

Have you ever wished (or even prayed) that one of your relatives would be nicer, or just different? Well, try to change their offspring. All you have to do is “modify” the cell structure in the embryo.

Eugenics is the science and practice of selective human breeding. This theory became popular in the early 20th Century, but is no longer outwardly taken seriously due to the horrific practices of “racial hygiene” experiments by the Nazis in Germany.


There is a NEW form of eugenics—not only being espoused but heavily financed in research—to create super-humans via genetic modification of human genes in eggs, sperm and early stage embryos.


Subsequent generations will inherit these modifications.
Hope the Designers dont screw up!
Does this mean the NEWER people are not ALL human?

WAIT: I will reveal something about that in another session!

This NEW form is known as genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is a biotechnological application where the DNA or genes of organisms are manipulated according to the requirement.

You probably are wondering right now: “Is this for real?”   LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Remember last session we talked about GRIN? In this session―Part 2―we will discuss NBIC. The acronym NBIC was introduced into public discourse via this report in 2014 for:

Information Technology; and,
Cognitive Science as the most popular term for emerging and converging technologies.

Cognitive Science is the study of thought, learning, and mental organization, which draws on aspects of psychology, linguistics, philosophy, and computer modeling, with a focus on how nervous systems represent, process, and transform information.


How do YOU think this “Brain-Nerve” organic synergy will partner with
changing … or ... enhancing humans by modifying their reproductive cells?


Human enhancement, or “germ-line engineering,” involves making "improvements" in reproductive cells. These changes will be passed on to subsequent generations.

Will enhanced-humans automatically receive the “Mark of the Beast?”

Will they be part-humans? LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.


Check this out: The Anti-Christ, the Beast of Revelation … the “false messiah” ... would love to use AI to … LISTEN TO THE PODCAST.

Hang on again! Next time we will spend more time on what YOU really want to see happen: Robots that will be smarter than YOU. How will you defend yourself? And, don't think about kissing good looking robots … because they may have have Virtual Memory … and deposit a mysterious substance into your body!!!


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Four killed after massive sinkhole opens in Chinese city
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Pompeo Cites 'Real Progress' on North Korea Trip
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WASHINGTON—Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he made “real progress” on his most recent trip to North Korea, where he met with Kim Jong Un and other officials to discuss denuclearization and plans for a second summit with President Trump.
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Some of Xi Jinping’s aspirations could be thwarted if global organizations responded with more-robust opposition to his abuses of power.
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"¡Libros! ¡Libros! He aquí una palabra mágica que equivale a decir 'amor, amor', y que debían los pueblos pedir como piden pan". Federico García Lorca
Los mejores poemas y frases
de Federico García Lorca.

 Desde que García Lorca había caído, acribillado a balazos, en los albores de la guerra española, La zapatera prodigiosa no aparecía en los escenarios de su país. Muchos años habían pasado cuando los teatreros del Uruguay llevaron esa obra a Madrid.

 Actuaron con alma y vida.

 Al final, no recibieron aplausos. El público se puso a patear el suelo, a toda furia; y los actores no entendían nada. China Zorrilla lo contó:

 –Nos quedamos pasmados. Un desastre. Era para ponerse a llorar.

 Pero después, estalló la ovación. Larga, agradecida. Y los actores seguían sin entender.

 Quizás aquel primer aplauso con los pies, aquel trueno sobre la tierra, había sido para el autor. Para el autor, fusilado por rojo, por marica, por raro. Quizás había sido una manera de decirle: para que sepas, Federico, lo vivo que estás.

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"Hay personas que nunca se vuelven locas, que vidas tan horribles deben vivir..." Charles Bukowski
Los mejores poemas y frases
de Charles Bukowski.

puede que no lo crean
pero hay gente
que va por la vida
con muy poca
fricción o
visten bien, comen
bien, duermen bien.
están contentos con
su vida
tienen momentos de
pero dentro de todo
permanecen imperturbables
y a menudo
se sienten muy bien.
y cuando mueren
es una muerte tranquila,
usualmente mientras

puede que no lo
pero gente así

pero yo no soy uno de
oh no, no soy uno
de ellos,
no estoy ni tantito cerca
de ser
uno de

pero ellos están

y yo estoy

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          WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Did Cold War II break out last week while no one was watching? The Trump adm…      Cache   Translate Page      
WALTER RUSSELL MEAD: Did Cold War II break out last week while no one was watching? The Trump administration’s China policy swam into view, and it’s a humdinger. Vice President Mike Pence gave a guide to the approach in a speech last week at the Hudson Institute (where I am a fellow). Denouncing what he […]
          Companies that do big business in China      Cache   Translate Page      
CNBC's Dominic Chu reports on which companies in the S&P 500 get a large amount of their business from China.
          Taiwan shifts gears as China poaches diplomatic allies      Cache   Translate Page      
Taipei looks to build links with big democracies as old partners switch to Beijing
          HNA Group looks to unload $11B in assets amid continued selloff      Cache   Translate Page      
Troubled Chinese conglomerate HNA Group is selling off another $11 billion in assets in its latest move to steady the ship. Included is New York’s 850 Third Avenue, though most of the 80 total are in China, according to Reuters. HNA bought the office building in 2016 for $463 million and secured a $342 million refinancing loan for it in June. The buildings for sale were listed in two documents sent to prospective investors in […]
          Hallan nuevas evidencias de chips hackeados en una teleco de EEUU (ING)      Cache   Translate Page      

Una importante empresa de telecomunicaciones de Estados Unidos descubrió y eliminó en agosto hardware manipulado de Super Micro Computer Inc. en su red de acuerdo con un experto en seguridad que trabaja para la compañía de telecomunicaciones, una nueva evidencia reciente de la manipulación en China de componentes de tecnología crítica con destino a los EEUU. El experto en seguridad, Yossi Appleboum , proporcionó documentos, análisis y otra evidencia del descubrimiento luego de la publicación de un informe de investigación de Bloomberg.

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          Rolls-Royce Cullinan SUV: this is it      Cache   Translate Page      
Whatever your response to the Rolls-Royce Cullinan, you can’t fault the company’s credentials. Prestige players crave authenticity above all else – it’s a valuable USP, particularly in China – and rather than being fashionably late to the SUV party, Rolls-Royce can legitimately claim to have been a pioneer. With the ultimate celebrity endorsement. “More valuable than […]
          China, a punto de convertirse en el mayor importador mundial de gas      Cache   Translate Page      
LONDRES (Sputnik) — China podría convertirse en octubre o noviembre en el mayor importador de gas del mundo, declaró el director ejecutivo de la Agencia Internacional de la Energía (AIE), Fatih Birol.
          ¿Por qué tantos países quieren comprar el S-400 ruso pese a las amenazas de EEUU?      Cache   Translate Page      
Durante los ejercicios Vostok 2018, Rusia mostró el sistema S-400, una de las armas más avanzadas y comercializables del país en los últimos años. Debido a sus capacidades, varios países, incluyendo China, Arabia Saudí, Turquía, la India y Catar están dispuestos a comprarlo, observa Yarno Ritzen, autor del artículo para Al Jazeera.
          Conductor queda atrapado al borde de una cascada      Cache   Translate Page      

Tras caer accidentalmente a un río, un conductor quedó atrapado con su vehículo al borde de una cascada.

Esto sucedió en China. La policía acudió al llamado de rescate y afortunadamente lograron poner al conductor a salvo, trayéndolo a tierra firme con la ayuda de una tabla de madera que usaron a forma de ‘puente’.

El vehículo estaba atascado entre dos rocas, pero el peligro de que en cualquier momento cayera por la catarata era latente.

La agencia Ruptly informa que el conductor fue enviado al hospital y no sufrió heridas graves. La camioneta fue después removida del río.


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          Así suenan 639 personas tocando piano al mismo tiempo      Cache   Translate Page      

Durante un evento en China se unieron 639 pianistas de ocho diferentes países para lograr un récord Guinnes que destaca por su armonioso sonido.

Durante el evento que se llevó a cabo en Wuqiang, de la provincia de Hubei, 40 pianos fueron colocados en un escenario central con 599 pianistas interpretando también en los perímetros aledaños.

Los participantes tocaron la pieza ‘Marche Militaire’ en Re menor, de Franz Schuber. Al sonar los 639 pianos al unísono se rompió el récord Guinness anterior, de sólo 555 pianos, que se alcanzó en 2007 en Corea del Sur, informa la agencia UPI.


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          AUD/USD seeing relief gains above 0.71      Cache   Translate Page      
  • The Aussie is peeking above 0.71 after Tuesday saw a mild recovery against the Greenback.
  • With data thin on the calendar for the mid-week, trade headlines will be a major driving force behind the AUD.

The AUD/USD is testing just north of the 0.71 level as markets gear up for Wednesday, and the Aussie is enjoying a temporary reprieve from USD strength as buyers try to extend a bullish recovery from the fresh 2018 bottom near 0.7040 that hit early this week.

It's been a relatively steady week for the Antipodeans, and a brief break from US Dollar pressures is seeing the AUD catch a mild bounceback, and the mid-week sees little high-impact data on the economic calendar, and Pacific traders can expect to continue enjoying a moderate break from recent volatility, assuming headlines surrounding trade, particular the US-China trade war, remain subdued.

Late Tuesday sees Westpac's Consumer Confidence survey for October at 23:30 GMT; the indicator last printed at -3% as Australian consumers remain sensitive to trade headlines and economic data from China, where a steepening economic slowdown thanks to the US-Sino trade war could see confidence wane further for the Australian continent, with much of their trade and growth figures tied closely to the Chinese economy.

AUD/USD levels to watch

The AUD/USD is leaning towards the bullish side in sedate markets, and as FXStreet's own Valeria Bednarik noted: "the pair offers a positive technical stance according to readings in the 4 hours chart, as it's currently advancing above a now flat 20 SMA, while technical indicators advance within positive levels, now at their highest for this month.  Furthermore, the pair is also above the 23.6% retracement of the latest daily slump at around 0.7086, with the 38.2% retracement of the same slide at 0.7115,  with gains beyond this last opening doors for a steeper recovery."

Support levels: 0.7085 0.7040 0.7010  

Resistance levels: 0.7115 0.7150 0.7190

          Vicecanciller ruso califica de exitosas las consultas con homólogos de Pekín y Pyongyang      Cache   Translate Page      
MOSCÚ (Sputnik) — El viceministro de Asuntos Exteriores de Rusia, Ígor Morgúlov, en sus comentarios a Sputnik calificó de exitosas las consultas que mantuvo en Moscú con sus homólogos de China y Corea del Norte.
          Wall Street closes modestly lower on materials and industrials sell-off      Cache   Translate Page      
  • Materials and industrials suffer heavy losses.
  • Crude oil recovery boosts energy.
  • Nasdaq closes slightly higher as tech rebounds.

After starting the day lower, major equity indexes staged a recovery in the second half of the day and the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 closed with small losses while the Nasdaq Composite stayed green when the closing bell rang.

Concerns over lower demand from China amid the trade conflict weighed heavily on the S&P 500 Materials and Industrials indexes, which closed the day 3.4% and 1.5% lower, respectively. “If industrials and materials are weighed on because of concerns about global activity, it’s going to cast a pall over the market at large since S&P 500 companies generate about half of their business from overseas markets,” Mark Luschini, chief investment strategist at Janney Montgomery Scott in Philadelphia, told Reuters.

On the other hand, after falling for three straight days, crude oil prices rebounded on Tuesday with the barrel of West Texas Intermediate settling around $1 higher near the $75 mark. Supported by the WTI's price action, the S&P 500 Energy Index added 1% to become the best performing major sector of the day.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 53.49 points, or 0.2%, to 26,433.29, the S&P 500 erased 3.74 points, or 0.13%, to 2,880.69 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 3.78 points, or 0.05%, to 7,739.73.

DJIA technical outlook via FXStreet Chief Analyst Valeria Bednarik

The Dow remained below its 20 DMA for a second consecutive day, while in the daily chart, the Momentum indicator is pretty much flat below its 100 level and the RSI aims modestly lower around 52, all of which leans the risk toward the downside.

In the 4 hours chart, the index is retreating from a bearish 20 SMA which crossed below the 100 SMA, while technical indicators recovered within negative readings, the Momentum now flat around its 100 level and the RSI resuming its decline, currently at 42, also indicating that the bearish case is stronger at the time being.

Support levels: 26,435 - 26,381 - 26,322.

Resistance levels: 26,534 - 26,591 - 26,660.

          USD/JPY bears to have their cake and eat it? Watching China, the world growth story and US CPI this week - DXY 23.6% Fibo is key      Cache   Translate Page      
  • USD/JPY has been consolidating the vicious cycle of supply from as high as 114.55 that has formed in a spiral of offers since Oct. 3rd down to a low of 112.82 when the pair broke below the key support line of the 23.6% Fibo.
  • The pair dropped below the pivot and came into the 38.2% zone, 112.97, with sell stop slippage occurring to mark the aforementioned low.  

The price has since accumulated here with lower lows and a higher corrective high to 113.39. The bulls have some work to do if they are to convince with a break above R1 located at 113.77. Such an achievement will be a tall order considering we are in a climate of poor risk appetite. 

Just recently, as already well telegraphed, the IMF cut its global growth forecast from 3.9% to 3.7%, noting the ongoing trade tensions. Earlier today, Trump was reported saying that the Chinese are not ready to come to the negotiating table - "Not ready to make a deal", where his exact words. However, White House CEA Chair, Hassett, said that he sees a lot of progress with Europe on trade. But trade is just the half of it. 

Eyes on China's 'CSI 300 Index'

While there is a big focus on Italy and Brexit, the European banking, it is emerging markets and China risk that should be considered as like a time bomb. The Hang Seng is already at multi-year lows and the recent 4.3% sell-off in the China 300 was a three Z-score event.  We also have USD/CNH in the troublesome territory for EM-FX, even while the Chinese authorities have been cutting Reserve Ratio Requirement’s by 100 basis points - yet, still, the CNH is on the floor - A telling sign that sentiment in the market is not about to change and that should be Yen bullish on Japanese repatriation flows alone. Eyes are also on the CSI 300 index.  3,200 as a floor - Another break there as we saw in mid-late Sep, but with a subsequent follow through, (often takes a few attempts for key levels to break), all hell could break loose in global equities and that could also spell trouble for USD/JPY bulls. However, with respect to EMs, the dollar shortfall had been something that was giving the greenback a boost, so without the support of a synchronised growth pact on a global macro basis, then the dollar may still shine once the yen repatriation flows dry up and once it has found a fair value with respect to the economic divergence between the US and Japanese growth story. Indeed, the US/JP spread will likely come back to the fore in favour of the dollar. 

US CPI, US yields and DXY in focus

Indeed, the focus will be on the US CPI data this week as well as US fixed income. We have a very large $230b in paper being auction this week alone - Such supply could elevate US yields even higher. However,  there has been a decoupling between the DXY and US yields of late. What bulls want to see is the DXY break that key 96.240 Fibonacci level, a 76.4 percent retrace of the 96.991 to 93.808 (August to September) decline. Depending on the outcome of the US CPI this week, should the dollar fail to play catch up with yields and be unable to cross over this critical level, USD/JPY bears could well have their cake and eat it, for now, with an unwinding of an overcrowded dollar speculative long position. 

Analysts at Nomura noted the key US CPI this week offered a preview (Key event for the week: US CPI - Nomura):

Key Quotes:

"CPI (Thursday): We forecast 0.2% (0.244%) m-o-m increase in core CPI inflation for September following a 0.082% advance in August. On a 12-month change basis, our forecast would be equivalent to 2.304% advance in September, up slightly from a 2.190% pace in August. The relative softness in core CPI inflation in August was mostly concentrated certain volatile core goods prices."

USD/JPY levels

  • Support levels: 112.80 112.50 112.20
  • Resistance levels: 113.40 113.75 114.10

Valeria Bednarik, Chief Analyst at FXStreet, explained that the pair has spent the day hovering around a mild-bullish 100 SMA in its 4 hours chart, losing ground below it in the American afternoon:

"Technical indicators resume their declines well into negative territory following a correction of oversold conditions, in line with further declines, particularly on a break below Monday's low at 112.81, with scope then to  extend its decline down to 112.00/20."


          AUD/USD: buls can target S3 that is in close proximity; Watching DXY struggle above key support line at 95.65      Cache   Translate Page      
  • AUD/USD is defying gravity and will come crashing down should the dollar make a break above the key 96.240 Fibonacci level, a 76.4 percent retrace of the 96.991 to 93.808.
  • AUD/USD can target the 50% fibo at 0.7199 on a break of S3 at 0.7132. Or, a break of 0.7042 4th Oct lows, bears can look to target the Feb's 2016 low at 0.6973 once again.

The DXY is on tenterhooks sold off at the top of the Bollinger bands and now testing the daily support line - A break there and a subsequent follow-through below 10th Aug 2018 bull candle and June-August channel support will leave the 21st Sep lows and channel support down at 93.70s exposed making for a pro-risk environment in a relief for the EM-FX and commodity complex for which the Aussie trades as a proxy. 

Everything this week hangs in the balance of not just the usual performance in global equity prices, but US CPI as the key scheduled data event. Should the dollar fail to rally post the event and through the aforementioned Fibo and Bollinger band resistance area, decoupled from higher US yields, then there is plenty of upsides and risk-reward ratios in the Antipodeans and Canadian dollar, (AUD and CAD are included in the basket of 6 DXY currencies - NZD follows on the coattails of the Aussie).

US CPI preview

Analysts at Nomura noted the key US CPI this week offered a preview, (Key event for the week: US CPI - Nomura):

"CPI (Thursday): We forecast 0.2% (0.244%) m-o-m increase in core CPI inflation for September following a 0.082% advance in August. On a 12-month change basis, our forecast would be equivalent to 2.304% advance in September, up slightly from a 2.190% pace in August. The relative softness in core CPI inflation in August was mostly concentrated certain volatile core goods prices."

Eyes on USD/CNH

Elsewhere, and as analysts at Rabobank explained, "if you want just one other key market to look at as a crystallisation of all this, keep an eye on USD/CNH – which the US Treasury say they are also doing with concern. Offshore trading crashed through the psychological 6.90 barrier yesterday even after we saw CNH HIBOR rates rising to 7% and a firm PBOC promise this would not happen. China has very little runway left as it keeps trying to prop up a sagging economy before we hit another 7 level – and when we do, expect every mom and dad currency holder in China, and every hedge fund globally, to suddenly take interest. Not that it’s easy to trade that inevitability, of course, and so AUD might again have to be an understudy".

AUD/USD levels

Meanwhile, RSI was diverging from the broad-based bear trend and AUD/USD is now riding the weakness of the dollar on Tuesday. The pair has reached back to test the channel highs that are just a touch below 0.71 the figure and which correlates with R1 at 0.7089. R2 is located at 0.7108 and R3 at 0.7132, easily within striking distance. It is 0.7199 that the bulls want to get their teeth stuck into as being the 50% fib of the 10th Sep Doji lows to 20th Sep spinning top highs. However, on a cap at R1 or even R3, and a subsequent correction back below the 0.7042 4th Oct lows, bears can look to target the Feb's 2016 low at 0.6973 once again.




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          Kommentar zu “Scary time for men”: Sängerin bekämpft Trumps Populismus mit Poulismus von Gangsterwally      Cache   Translate Page      
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          After Torrid Growth, US Trucking Faces A Sharp Slowdown      Cache   Translate Page      

Despite transport stocks recently hitting highs and intermodal shipping attracting more business due to the tight trucking market, experts believe that the recent feverish growth in trucking is now in the rearview mirror.

"Peak trucking has passed," stated a recent  FreightWaves report. And at a recent Stifel trucking conference, Larry Gross, a principal at Gross Transportation Consulting, went on record saying that North America is past the worst of the trucking shortage and that rates in the industry will start to moderate:

“Going forward the industry is in the process of correcting and adding the people and adding drivers. The industry is going to get their driver cohort right sized, which is not to say that it's going to be easy to recruit drivers, but it won't continue to be as difficult and and wages will continue to have to go up but not to the extent that we've seen recently."

At the same time, truck transportation employment was up for the fifth straight month, as it added 4900 jobs to payrolls in September, accelerating from one year ago today. Rates for trucking peaked at 20% year-over-year growth early this year, but as new drivers join the workforce, and with difficult comparables, these numbers are expected to slow next year.

Gross continued:

"In terms of rates, contract rates have been rising quite rapidly this year, but we do expect that rate of increase to drop back down. Not necessarily down to zero, but certainly the rate of increase will up will slow down as we go forward here through 2019 and into 2020."

With trucking rates through the roof, intermodal volumes were at their best levels in four years, according to statistics provided by the Intermodal Association of North America. Year to date revenue for intermodal shipping is up 6.5%, the strongest gain in two years. Big names in the industry are expected to report strong growth this year. Schneider National's is expected to grow revenue 6.8% and JB Hunt is expected to grow intermodal revenue between 7.5% and 11%.

But rates are going to be difficult to sustain going forward, according to Gross.

“Because the trucking situation is going to begin to normalize, it's going to be a much more challenging situation for intermodal. We're not going to see the kind of large you over year increases in rates that we did in 2018.”

Helping the industry along has also been the fear of tariffs, which has encouraged front-loaded import demand. This tailwind has seen container volumes coming into North America through August up 5.2% on the year. This "carryforward" will likely only have a temporary effect, however. Gross continued:

"There’s been strong performance for containers, but question is whether that actually reflects freight that was moved earlier than normal, either because of tariffs or fears of congestion or delays at ports."

As this slowdown in the industry looms, transportation stock indicators are all near, or at, record highs, with the Dow Jones Transportation average and the S&P 500 transportation index both near all time highs. Yet while rail companies have showed continued strength this year, with the S&P 1500 rail index up as much as 23% in January, the S&P 1500 trucking index was down almost 13% as the market sniffs out the inflection point.

Why the divergence between trains and trucking? Yardeni Research's Ed Yardeni said that he believes the differentiation was due to higher labor costs and fuel prices having a more profound effect on trucking versus rail. He also believes that the gap between rail and trucking could continue until either automation or a recession comes along.

"I am fairly certain we saw movement of cargo early as August is the peak for volume, but July was higher than August,” Larry Gross concluded. “The rest of 2018 may see see more restrained growth because of the early cargo movement." The final outcome may be far worse should trade war between China and the US escalate further, crippling trans-Pacific trade and resulting in much lower trade volumes just as the rush to get ahead of tariffs finally fades.

          NIO Soars After Tesla's Biggest Outside Investor Takes An 11% Stake In Its Chinese Rival      Cache   Translate Page      

According to regulatory filings published on Tuesday, the largest outside investor in Tesla - Baillie Gifford & Co - has taken an 11.44% stake in newly listed NIO Inc., a company that aspires to be a direct rival to Tesla in China.

Baillie Gifford disclosed that it owns 85.3 million shares of the Shanghai-based company. As of the end of day on Tuesday, that stake was worth about $500 million. NIO recently raised about $1 billion during its IPO last month and has its United States headquarters in San Jose, California just about 17 miles from Tesla's Fremont factory.

Baille Gifford owns 7.7% of Tesla, the second largest stake only to CEO Elon Musk's stake. At the close of the market on Tuesday, this stake was worth about $3.5 billion.

News of the new position sent NIO shares soaring by 39%, including its after hours gain.

Right now, NIO is working on ramping up production of its first commercial product: the ES8 sport utility vehicle.

As a reminder, James Anderson, a Gifford fund manager, had sent a letter to Elon Musk back in July letting him know that he was not happy about Musk's his Tweets about cave diver Vern Unsworth, who Musk labeled as a "pedo".

Then, in September of this year, it was reported that Gifford had been questioned by the SEC about Musk's "funding secured" tweet fiasco. 

"[Musk] needs help, and I mean that psychologically as much as practically," Anderson