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Anthrocon 2007 draws thousands to Pittsburgh for furry weekend

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.

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Learn More About Mother Of The Bride Outfits Scotland

Submitted by: John Ellis

Do you have a daughter who is getting married? Congratulations to you! This is going to be a really great day for you and everyone else involved. As the mother of the bride you ll have to start trying to find mother of the bride outfits ideas. There are numerous options offered to you when it comes to mother of the bride outfits ideas. The first thing you have to do is identify your budget and absolutely stick to it.

For few individuals this is a hard thing to do, but the last thing you need to do is over buy something you simply can t afford, but just as equally you want something that s stylish and classy. Possibilities are when it comes to clothes, as you don’t want something frumpy or plain. You want something superbly designed which also matches with some items (new or old).

The second thing you should do is recall the colors of your daughter’s wedding dress. When you are looking for outfits you don t want to clash, but you also do not want to match the similar colors. If your daughter is using many different colors, opt one and go with it. If she is choosing pink and green, do not buy a pink and green outfit, but either pink OR green.

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The wild, windswept, heather laden landscape of Scotland not just makes for a beautiful wedding backdrop it even makes the details appear more intricate while choosing mother of the bride outfits Scotland style. You will be capable enough to easily integrate the tartan fashion into your mother of the bride outfits ideas and people will think you employed a personal designer for this one of a kind day.

Then, you need to figure out from your daughter when the wedding would be. If it is going to be in the summer time you can get a nice summer dress with light fabric. If it is going to be a winter, you will need a long gown with a nice jacket and maybe a pair of boots. When it comes to selecting marriage attire you must start looking and purchasing them 6 months before the event. Do not procrastinate about mother of the bride outfits ideas start thinking now and purchase soon!

This way, just in case something changes, you would have sufficient time to modify your outfits as well. Finally, you need to figure out where to buy mother of the bride outfits in Scotland. These outfits can be found either in department stores or from specialist retailers.

The outfits available in the department store may be cheaper, but you would finally end up by not getting a correct fit. For a beautifully designed and better tailored dress its better to go to a specialist designer. These mother of the bride outfits ooze sophistication and class, and would make you look beautiful on the day. Its worth the extra cost for your daughter s special day.

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Chinese President signs multiple trade deals with India

Thursday, September 18, 2014

On the second day today of a three day visit to India the President of the People’s Republic of China, Xi Jinping, has signed multiple economic deals with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.File:Xi Jinping October 2013 (cropped).jpg

China would set up two industrial parks in India, one in Gujarat and one in Maharashtra. The deals encompass Chinese investment of US$20 billion in infrastructure projects, modernisation of the Indian Railways, and agreements on trade, space exploration, and civil nuclear energy. China has also committed itself to opening its markets to Indian pharmaceuticals and farm products. A final settlement of the unresolved dispute over the Chinese–Indian border in the Himalayas is also to be sought; the dispute, over which the Sino-Indian War of 1962 was fought, arises over where the border should be.

In a message to Chinese journalists on Tuesday, Indian Prime Minister Modi used the slogan “Inch towards Miles”, (standing for “India and China towards Millennium of Exceptional Synergy”) to express his hopes as to the future direction of the two nations’ bilateral ties. The Indian Prime Minister further emphasised the shared history and culture of the two nations which could be further enhanced for a brighter shared future.

The Chinese president’s visit comes amid tension over Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea, clashing with claims of several other countries, including Japan. In a five day visit to Japan in the beginning of this month, Modi said “The world is divided in two camps. One camp believes in expansionist policies while the other believes in development.” Modi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe also came to an agreement which would see Japanese investment in India rise to US$33.6 billion in the next five years.

Another unresolved tension between the two nuclear powers India and China is continued Chinese support of India’s rival Pakistan.

Xi’s visit to India, which began yesterday following visits to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, is part of an initiative Xi likens to the creation of a 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.

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Restrictions imposed in China textile trade with U.S.

Saturday, May 21, 2005

In an effort to ease complaints by the U.S. and Europe about a heavy influx of low priced Chinese goods, China will raise export tariffs on 74 categories of textile products in June. This follows plans from the U.S. to impose quotas on Chinese textiles and clothing.

Products likely to see an increase from the Chinese move include synthetic fiber shirts, trousers, knit shirts and blouses, cotton shirts, and combined cotton yarn. Last week, similar restrictions were imposed by the U.S. on cotton trousers, knit shirts, and underwear. Currently, a 2.5 cent charge per item is imposed; the new tariff will raise this to the equivalent of 12 cents per piece now. While this is a fourfold increase, it is not expected to affect consumer prices. Because of this, some doubt the tariff will have any effect on correcting the trade imbalance.

This move is in response to U.S. trade quotas imposed due to concerns that increased Chinese goods would put U.S. textile manufacturers out of business. According to Auggie Tantillo, executive director of the American Manufacturing Trade Action Coalition, a textile industry group in the U.S., the move will preserve 10,000 U.S. jobs. The new U.S. trade quota will limit the growth of Chinese textile imports to 7.5 percent compared with shipments over the past year.

Prior to January 1, a global quota system helped regulate the trade. With the quota system gone, fears have arisen that a flood of Chinese goods could undercut U.S. competitiveness in the market. China is able to market its goods cheaply due to an artificially weak yuan. The U.S. Treasury criticized the China yuan policy as “highly distortionary”, posing a major risk to China’s economy itself and to global economic growth. They challenged China to revalue its currency to bring it to a level they believe will allow fairer competition between global manufacturers.

China has disputed the charges of the U.S. Treasury. Chinese Commerce Minister Bo Xilai said, “I believe they are not reasonable”.

Laura Jones, a representative of large retailers, also criticized the move, saying “These restrictions on imports from China will do absolutely nothing to help the U.S. textile industry — and the government knows it.”

China has seen a boom in economic growth in recent years due to growing trade surpluses with the West, but economists worry that the trade gap will cause longer term global economic problems. China’s textile and apparel exports are the most noteworthy example, with exports up over 1,000 percent in some categories this year and the rapid loss of marketshare and jobs by U.S. textile manufacturers.

Beginning in 1978, the Chinese economy has been transforming from a Soviet-style centrally planned economy to more of a free market style system, under the rigid political control of Communist Party of China.

To this end, the government has leveraged foreign trade to stimulate economic growth. The result has been a fourfold increase in GDP, making China the sixth largest economy in the world. By 2012 the People’s Republic of China may have the highest GDP in the world.

According to U.S. statistics, from 1999 to 2004 China’s trade surplus with the U.S. doubled to $170 billion. Wal-Mart is China’s seventh largest export partner, just ahead of the United Kingdom.

However, the gains from their “socialist market economy” have not been without problems. The Chinese leadership has often experienced the worst results of socialism and capitalism: bureaucracy, lassitude, corruption, and inflation. Inflation rates have been an on-going challenge, reaching as high as 17% in 1995.

Environmental deterioration is a longer-term threat to economic growth. In 1998, the World Health Organization reported that China had seven of the 10 most-polluted cities on Earth. Another concern among some economists is that China’s economy is over-heating, and due to its global economic expansion this could have major repercussions among other nations.

Typically, wages have been low and working conditions poor, with workers living in restrictive dormitories and working at boring factory jobs. However, recent labor shortages have started improving conditions, and raising the minimum wage towards the equivalent of 100-150 US dollars per month. The labor shortages are in part a result of a demographic trend caused by strict family planning.

  • “Economy of the People’s Republic of China” — Wikipedia, May 22, 2005
  • “China raises tariffs on textile exports. Beijing hoping to counter criticism from U.S., Europe.” — CNN, May 21, 2005
  • “China to increase export tariffs” — CNN, May 19, 2005
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Marussia F1 test driver Maria de Villota seriously injured in testing accident

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The Marussia F1 team’s test driver, Spaniard María de Villota, was taken to hospital by air ambulance today after a collision in testing at Duxford Aerodrome.

At the end of her first installation run, the car she was driving had a low-speed collision with the loading ramp of the team’s support truck. According to BBC Cambridgeshire presenter Chris Mann, the car “suddenly accelerated” into the rear of the vehicle. The Marussia team released a statement an hour and a half after the accident, stating that she had been transferred to hospital, and a further statement would be issued once her condition had been assessed.

A spokesman for the East of England ambulance service, Gary Sanderson, said de Villota had “[…] sustained life-threatening injuries and following treatment at the scene by paramedics, she has been taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for further care.” According to witnesses, she was motionless for about fifteen minutes as medical teams attended to her, but did move her hands before being taken away from the test track. Medical charity Magpas, whose volunteer paramedics attended the accident, reported she had sustained injuries to her head and face, and was in a ‘stable condition’ when she reached the hospital.

Marussia reported her as conscious later in the afternoon: “Since Maria’s arrival at the hospital at approximately 10.45am this morning, she has been receiving the best medical attention possible at the hospital, which is the region’s major trauma centre. Maria is conscious and medical assessments are ongoing. The team will await the outcome of these assessments before providing further comment. The team’s first priority at this time is Maria and her family.”

De Villota was announced as Marussia’s test driver in March, having prior experience driving for Alan Docking Racing in Superleague Formula in Spain.

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Hard Decisions To Make With Kitchen Remodeling In Greenwich, Ct


Updating the kitchen into a dream kitchen is the desire of many homeowners in Greenwich, CT. The most daunting part of the project is where to start. After all, there are many things to think about when remodeling.

One of the things that most people aren’t sure of when starting their kitchen remodeling Greenwich CT project is the actual layout. The layout is about positioning things such as the refrigerator, stove and sink in the most convenient position for cooking. A good layout is essential to a functioning kitchen. Thus, you must think about the preparation of most meals and the layout which will work best. You can test out the layout by pretending to cook with a mock up.

There are some inherent problems with a big change in layout. The first is the potential movement of plumbing, electrical and gas lines. Because these are complex systems, you should talk to a professional before attempting to move anything. You may need to adjust your layout depending on what these individuals say.

After the layout has been decided on, the next step that intimidates people with kitchen remodeling Greenwich CT is the storage and cabinetry choices. A lot of this decision is going to depend on the space in your kitchen. Storage space is critical in small kitchens. So, it helps to take measurements before you actually go check out the cabinetry. This gives you an idea of what will fit in the space.

While cabinetry is meant to provide storage, it also says something about your individual style in your dream kitchen. This is where most homeowners find a tough decision ahead of them in the kitchen remodeling Greenwich CT project. With so many choices, you have to pick out what appeals to your style.

Kitchen remodeling can be very intimidating. There are two very big decisions that make the most impact on the kitchen design. The layout is essential to the function while cabinetry is essential to the look and feel. Finding the right combination of both of these things is a big step to creating that dream kitchen.

Imperial College London geology students fined in China for “illegal map-making”

Monday, January 5, 2009

Three British geology students of Imperial College London have been fined in China for “illegal survey and map-making activities”, according to local media. In addition to making maps, the students were researching fault lines and earthquake activity in Xinjiang — a tense Muslim province to the west of the country where anger against Chinese rule sparked deadly attacks in 2008.

The students were gathering additional data in several regions, including Kashgar, the ancient Silk Road trading post, and an oasis city in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Under Dr. Jian Guo Liu, the students’ supervisor at Imperial College, they also had been in the poor desert village of Keping, where in May local authorities burned the local mosque due to “unlawful religious activities”. Of the three students, two of them, a PhD student aged 23, and a Master of Science student aged 22, went to Aksu Prefecture for their research.

In September, State Security Bureau officials had investigated the students at a hotel for several hours. Thereafter, their equipment, including GPS devices, survey results, and data, were seized. The Aksu Land and Resources Bureau officers claimed they had gathered “illegal data” from 6,000 points which was valuable for mineral prospecting and topographical research.

In the leadup to last year’s summer Olympics in Beijing, China cracked down on map-making and data-collecting across the country. Despite having permission from the Earthquake Administration in the country, the students were fined a combined 20,000 yuan (2,940 dollars) but did not receive additional punishments. “The data they gathered would have been valuable in analysing mineral and topographic features of the areas,” Xinjiang Daily said. They returned to the UK on October 2.

According to The Procuratorial Daily, the Xinjiang prosecutors’ office approved 1,295 arrests of individuals and indicted 1,154 suspects from January to November 2008. The indictments were based on suspicion of “endangering state security.” In 2007, however, only 742 were arrested, while 619 of them were indicted for the same offense.

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Forest preservation plan debated at climate talks

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Delegates at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Indonesia are wrestling with a proposal that would allow developing nations to earn billions of dollars through carbon trading by leaving idle forests such as those in Borneo, the Amazon and Congo basins.

The news comes on the same day that it was announced that forest clearance in the Amazon Rainforest was falling compared to previous years.

Delegates from about 190 countries are negotiating a plan for private companies and wealthy nations to pay poorer nations to keep their forest intact. It is called the Reduced Emissions from Deforestation in Developing Countries, or REDD proposal.

Environmental scientists say tree cutting in tropical areas accounts for about 20 percent of all man-made carbon dioxide emissions blamed for global warming. Tropical forests soak up vast amounts of carbon dioxide; burning timber to clear land releases it.

Marcelo Furtado with Greenpeace in Brazil says the REDD plan is needed to fill gaps in the current Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases which does not include ways to preserve forests.

“We would like to see, at the very least, a REDD mechanism moving forward, because we want to see countries taking action now. We don’t want to wait to 2013 to start seeing this action taking place. And this is something this convention, this group of countries could deliver,” said Furtado.

Frances Seymour, Director General for the Indonesia-based Center for International Forest Research, is concerned a premature REDD agreement could do more harm than good.

“Because in many forested countries, land tenure rights to forest lands and resources are either unclear or contested or both. And you can imagine that if a potential new income stream is available for those who can present themselves as owners of the forest, this could create conflict and create conditions under which some of the world’s poorest people, who are people who live in forests, could be pushed aside,” said Seymour.

Financial analysts are also cautious about the proposal.

Charlotte Streck, the director of Climate Focus, a Rotterdam-based consultancy, said investors are worried about how governments would monitor their forests and ensure the carbon stored in them remains intact.

“This is what makes the private sector nervous, because these are risks that they cannot hedge properly, and that they cannot evaluate in the same manner as the project related risks,” she said.

Conference delegates are still debating how to monitor the world’s remaining tropical forests, how to stop logging in one place without shifting the problem to another area, and how to estimate the amount of carbon in a piece of land.

Yvo de Boer, the U.N.’s climate change chief, said a REDD agreement is unlikely during this conference, but a group working on the details is making significant progress.

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Your Siding Contractor In Downers Grove Il Will Do A Beautiful Job

byAlma Abell

If you have come to a point in your life where you are tired of painting the outside of your home every season, it may be time to think about doing things a little differently. Before you head down to the home improvement store to buy more paint, set up an appointment with your Siding Contractor in Downers Grove IL.

Your contractor will meet with you and take some measurements. At this point, he will be able to give you a better idea as to how much money it will cost to have siding installed in your home. There are a number of different colors that are available for you. Talk with your siding contractor and find out which colors are more popular. He can also look at the other homes in your neighbourhood and let you know which color would be the best.

Talk with your contractor about installing shutters to complete the look on your home. Once again, shutters are available in a number of different colors. Your contractor can let you know which color of shutter is going to look best with your siding. Unlike painting your home, this is generally something that you are only going to do once. Because of this, you will want to make sure that you are happy with the color that you choose. Some homeowners even prefer to meet with a professional decorating service to help them to come up with the right color scheme.

Exterior Designers, Inc.has a strong reputation for doing quality work that is going to look great for several years. Of course, sometimes accidents happen with the siding on your home. If there is a horrible windstorm and some of your siding were to come off, you could set up an appointment to have it repaired. Hiring a Siding Contractor in Downers Grove IL is an investment that you are going to be able to appreciate every day for the rest of your life. If you are not satisfied with the current condition of your home, set up an appointment to learn more about having some siding installed.