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[CAT] My maneki neko from Honest Ed’s, at home

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Honest Ed's maneki neko by computer #toronto #honesteds #manekineko #catsofinstagram #caturday

Packaging for Honest Ed's maneki neko #toronto #honesteds #manekineko #china #chineselanguage

I posted a few days ago a picture of the maneki neko I bought for $C 6.99 at Honest Ed’s, but I thought this deserved a post of its own, here and today.

Can anyone tell me what the Chinese script on the packaging means?

Written by Randy McDonald

October 4, 2015 at 1:48 am

[LINK] “China Billionaire With Canal Dream Confronts Biggest Loss of ’15”

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Jill Mao and Blake Schmidt’s Bloomberg report suggests one major new obstacle to the controversial Nicaragua canal concept.

The Chinese billionaire using his personal fortune to help fund a $50 billion Nicaraguan challenger to the Panama Canal has crashed into the bitter reality of equity markets in the world’s second-largest economy.

Telecommunications entrepreneur Wang Jing, 42, was one of the world’s 200 richest people with $10.2 billion at the peak of the Chinese markets in June, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. His net worth has since fallen to $1.1 billion.

His 84 percent drop so far in 2015 is the worst recorded by the index, which provides a daily ranking of the world’s 400 richest people. Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive officer of Baar, Switzerland-based Glencore Plc, had the second-biggest percentage decline, falling 66 percent to $1.8 billion.

Wang owns 35 percent of publicly traded Beijing Xinwei Telecom Technology Group Co., which has tumbled along with China’s equity markets. The end of a lockup on 51 percent of its shares on Sept. 10 triggered a further decline that’s pushed Xinwei to a 57 percent drop this year. He pledged Xinwei shares valued at $2.4 billion in July that were removed from his net worth calculation.

Written by Randy McDonald

October 3, 2015 at 3:50 am

[LINK] “Thai bomb revenge for trafficking crackdown, police say”

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This Al Jazeera report bodes ill, I’d say.

The perpetrators of last month’s deadly Bangkok bombing were a network that trafficked Uighur Muslims and launched the attack in anger at Thailand’s crackdown on the trade, police said on Tuesday.

No group has claimed responsibility for the Aug. 17 bombing at the Erawan Shrine that killed 20 people, an attack police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang ruled out as revenge for Thailand’s forced repatriation in July of 109 Uighurs to China.

“It’s about a human trafficking network that has been destroyed,” Somyot told reporters. “Deporting those 109 people, the Thai government did in accordance with international law. We also sent them to Turkey, not just China.”

Police have dampened speculation the bombers were members of international armed groups and have until now denied links to the Uighurs, who are mostly Muslim and say they flee China’s western Xinjiang region due to persecution.

The Uighur issue is sensitive for the Thai government and any link between the bombing and their deportation at China’s behest could expose it to criticism that its foreign policy may have resulted in the blast.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm

[BLOG] Some Monday links

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  • blogTO looks at Queen and Bay in the 1960s and examines the PATH in the 1970s.
  • Centauri Dreams suggests that beamed power might be detectable by SETI.
  • The Dragon’s Tales looks at ancient salmon fishing in Alaska and notes the state of the Ukrainian war.
  • The Everyday Sociology Blog considers the extent to which crime can warp societies.
  • Far Outliers notes the heckling women protesters of Kyrgyzstan.
  • Language Log shares a bad translation of into English from Chinese.
  • Lawyers, Guns and Money notes how Indonesian drilling triggered a mud volcano.
  • Marginal Revolution looks at cap and trade in China and wonders why deflation has returned to Japan.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog maps abortion in Europe.
  • Savage Minds shares a list that is also an ethnography.
  • Towleroad notes the appearance of PrEP on American television.
  • Window on Eurasia criticizes Putin’s diplomatic strategies, notes that there are three million Muslims in Moscow, looks at the controversy surrounding Syrian Circassian refugees, notes some Russian tourists are now saying they are Belarusian, and notes the challenges of Belarus.

[LINK] “China Plans Lunar Far Side Landing by 2020”

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Universe Today’s Ken Kremer reports on China’s plans.

China aims to land a science probe and research rover on the far side of the Moon by 2020, say Chinese officials.

Chinese scientists plan to carry out the highly complex lunar landing mission using a near identical back up to the nations highly successful Chang’e-3 rover and lander – which touched down in December 2013.

If successful, China would become the first country to accomplish the history making task of a Lunar far side landing.

“The mission will be carried out by Chang’e-4, a backup probe for Chang’e-3, and is slated to be launched before 2020,” said Zou Yongliao from the moon exploration department under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, according to a recent report in China’s government owned Xinhua news agency.

Zou made the remarks at a deep-space exploration forum in China.

“China will be the first to complete the task if it is successful,” said Zou.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 24, 2015 at 9:14 pm

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[BLOG] Some Wednesday links

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  • blogTO notes that the Toronto Eaton Centre is set to be subtly renamed.
  • Centauri Dreams notes the absence of evidence for extragalactic supercivilizations.
  • The Dragon’s Gaze observes a new observatory that should be able to detect Earth-like worlds around red dwarfs and links to a paper describing how dwarf planets can heat Kuiper belts.
  • The Dragon’s Tales notes evidence suggesting the solar system could have ejected a gas giant, notes Canada is on the verge of buying French Mistrals, and looks at a blockade of Crimea by Crimean Tatars and right-wing Ukrainian nationalists.
  • Language Hat links to John McWhorter’s history of Aramaic.
  • Language Log looks at the controversy in South Korea on using Chinese characters in education.
  • Languages of the World looks at how different languages address god.
  • The Planetary Society Blog notes the current state of our knowledge and planning for Uranus and Neptune.
  • pollotenchegg maps language identity in early Soviet Ukraine.
  • The Power and the Money speculates as to why Russia is in Syria, and comes up with little that is reassuring.
  • The Russian Demographics Blog notes statistics on Muslim pilgrimages to Mecca.
  • Spacing Toronto suggests that an answer to the Gardiner East can be found in the rail corridor.
  • Window on Eurasia looks at the Russian deployment in Syria, speculates about future intentions in Central Asia and actual issues with Belarus, and suggests a turn to China will not help Asian Russia.
  • Zero Geogrpahy maps the generation of academic knowledge.

[URBAN NOTE] “Modernizing Ethiopia Opens $475-Million, China-Built Urban Rail”

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Bloomberg’s William Davison notes the continuing China-aided modernization of Ethiopia.

Tekle Negash’s days of riding a battered minibus to work in Ethiopia’s capital are over. Boarding Addis Ababa’s $475-million, Chinese-built and funded Light Rail, he can slash his one-hour commute by two-thirds and still save money.

The 50-year-old trader was one of thousands who queued Sunday for the opening of the first phase of the state-owned urban railway, which comprises 34 kilometers (21.1 miles) of lines across the city. In a ceremony that featured a Chinese delegate’s impromptu singing and an Ethiopian dance troupe, Transport Minister Workneh Gebeyu described the project, one of the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa, as a milestone in the nation’s journey out of poverty.

The Light Rail is the first in a raft of Chinese-funded infrastructure projects that Ethiopia’s government says will come online in the next few months and help maintain annual economic growth of more than 10 percent. Another railway along the main trade route to neighboring Djibouti may begin early in 2016, while the Gibe III hydropower dam’s reservoir has started filling, with its 1,870 megawatts capable of almost doubling Ethiopia’s generating capacity.

The operational track, which includes elevated sections and tunnels, runs from Addis Ababa’s main industrial area on its southern fringe, through the trading district of Merkato to the historic center of Piazza. An east-west line skirts the African Union’s headquarters, soars past the main government district and out to modern housing developments.

The Ethiopian Railways Corp. service, which will be run and maintained by Shenzhen Metro Group and China Railway Engineering Corp. for five years, may eventually carry 60,000 passengers an hour, according to project manager Behailu Sintayehu. The second line will start running when China Electric Power Equipment Technology Co., another state-owned company, finishes connecting it to a dedicated electricity supply, he said in a text message on Monday.

Written by Randy McDonald

September 22, 2015 at 6:17 pm


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