Monday, September 26, 2016

Istanbul: Longest span & widest suspension bridge in the world



4 motor lanes and 1 rail lane in EACH direction (58.5m wide in total) . Designed by Swiss engineer!

A sea of sheep! :-)

Top Cows' Milk Producing Countries In The World :-)




The United States leads the way in liquid cows' milk production per year according to the most recent FAO data, although Indian is at the top in dairy buffalo output!  :-)

Top Cows' Milk Producing Countries In The World

Lines of dairy cows hooked up to mechanical milking machines in a well-equipped barn designed just for that purpose.

Rogoff: China is the biggest threat to the global economy right now


Ken Rogoff, Professor of Public Policy and Professor of Economics at Harvard University.

Adam Jeffery | CNBC


A slowdown in China is the greatest threat to the global economy, Kenneth Rogoff, a professor of economics at Harvard University, told the BBC in an interview published on Monday.

"I think the economy is slowing down much more than the official figures show," Rogoff, who is a former chief economist of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), told the U.K. broadcaster. He added that China is going through a "big political revolution," hinting at Beijing's high-profile campaign to tackle corruption and transition its economy to being more consumer led.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

China in debt

A look at China's ghost towns and the bad debt they represent. Plus, why the work gender gap is still prevalent.

The Chinese economic slowdown comes as no surprise to global analysts. As outlooks are adjusted accordingly, it isn't the country's profit margins that are causing concern, but the decades of spending on unfinished building projects that have created a deluge of bad debt for China.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Hôm nay 9/22 là ngày đầu tiên của mùa thu ở bắc Mỹ - Thu Sầu - Ngọc Lan

First Day of Fall 2016
Mùa thu thưa nắng gió mang niềm nhớ.
Trời chiều man mác buồn nát con tim .

Oxford Tops List of World’s Best Universities :-)


The U.S. has many of the best universities in the world, but according to a new global list, it doesn’t have the best.  :-(

The University of Oxford, the oldest in the English-speaking world, took the top spot in the latest World University Rankings, released annually by Times Higher Education. The English university dating to 1096 dethroned the California Institute of Technology, a small, private school in Pasadena that had ranked No. 1 for five consecutive years, according to Times Higher Education, a London magazine that tracks higher education.

Vietcong regime's court upholds activist blogger's jail sentence

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — A court in Hanoi rejected an appeal by a prominent Vietnamese blogger on Thursday and upheld his five-year prison sentence for anti-state writings.
Nguyen Huu Vinh, better known as Anh Ba Sam, was convicted of abusing democratic freedoms to infringe on the interests of the state at a one-day trial in March. His colleague, Nguyen Thi Minh Thuy, was given a three-year jail term on the same charge.

China sentences activist lawyer to 12 years as relentless crackdown continues









China sentences activist lawyer to 12 years as relentless crackdown continues

A Chinese lawyer who defended activists and others in politically sensitive cases was convicted of fraud and given 12 years in prison Thursday, his lawyers said. It is the harshest sentence to date in the relentless crackdown on China’s legal community.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

South Korea confirms it has military plan to remove Kim Jong Un :-)


The plan could be activated to retaliate against the North Korean leadership in the event of a nuclear attack, Seoul says

By Elizabeth Shim  

South Korea’s defense minister confirmed on Wednesday the government has a plan to remove Kim Jong Un in the case of a strike against Seoul. File Photo by Rodong Sinmun

"San Francisco’s real estate market has reached 'peak unaffordability'" _ housing expert



For San Francisco Bay Area residents long accustomed to skyrocketing rents and real estate prices, there’s some relief on the horizon.

According to Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin, San Francisco Bay Area rents and real estate prices are cooling off, down from 15%-17% growth year-over-year to 5%-6% — a trend McLaughlin expects to continue for at least the next two to three years.

Inside China's ghost towns: 'Developers run out of money' :-(



With the Chinese economy faltering, entire neighbourhoods have become ghost towns, industrial companies sit idle and the unemployed are growing desperate.

bySteve Chao

One of the challenges of filming in China is dealing with the dreadfully long traffic jams. It is a reality many of us are used to in the world's most populous nation.

It's time for the US to call out China in the South China Sea

South China Sea
While military deployments to the tense seas around Southern China often make headlines, China has been quietly building paramilitary forces out of their coast guard and fishing fleets.