Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sleeping with onions



Does it sound a little weird to have onions in your socks when you go to bed at night? Yes, it does, but if you knew what good it did, you’d do it every night.
Studies have shown that placing an onion over the foot can then stimulate the very many nerve endings on our feet. Approximately, each foot has 7,000 meridians, that is, in Chinese medicine, this is all connected directly with the nervous system and the different organs. Meridians act as very powerful electrical circuits within the body. But since we wear shoes often, these often become dormant, thus the lack of acupuncture to help the meridians or nerves in any way. Chinese doctors believe walking outside barefoot stimulates the meridians on the bottom of the feet, but for those who don’t want to, they just stick a slice of onion in each sock every night.

Onions have the ability to absorb bacteria and cleanse the body. When the phosphoric acid (the substance from onions that makes you cry when you cut them open) enters the bloodstream it can be a cheap and simple detoxification method. Onions have healing properties and are considered a natural home remedy for various illnesses. Onions in the socks while sleeping encourages the natural healing powers of the onion to go to work through the skin (also know as trans-dermal application) which purifies the blood, kills bacteria and germs, absorbs toxins, and consequently affect the corresponding organ (see the diagram below).



Photo credits: www.reflexologyinstitute.com

While some call it a hoax, elders have attested to this being very effective so it may be something worthwhile to try. Just remember to use organic onions since others are loaded with chemicals and pesticides. And if it doesn’t work, at least the onion can help purify the air around you. It’s properties don’t just work on the body, but on your surroundings as well.

- See more at: http://www.thedailypedia.com/2015/06/sleeping-with-onions-in-your-socks-at-night-can-remove-toxins/#sthash.4nr0WRw1.dpuf

sensewhere Patents Granted in China and USA

a global leader in hyper-local and indoor positioning solutions
announced today that it has been granted key patents entitled “Assisted
Positioning” by the United States Patent and Trademark Office
(USPTO) and “Locating Electromagnetic Signal
Sources” in China by the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office.

sensewhere CEO Rob Palfreyman commented: “Having these key patents
granted in China and the USA re-enforces the novel automatic crowd
sourcing approach sensewhere has in delivering low cost, highly
scalable, highly accurate indoor positioning. What is especially
pleasing is that these core patents have now been granted in China and
the USA, both markets which are currently experiencing tremendous growth
for sensewhere’s location based solutions”.

“Locating Electromagnetic Signal Sources” describes a method
to map WAPs (Wireless Access Points) with position references as well as
mapping WAPs which do not have references by using location references
obtained from a user device. These location references could be GNSS,
sensor, beacon or user input, the mapped WAPs are then used to position
a user. This position information can then be used again to re-map the
WAPs based on any new data collected upon a position request. The
mapping of new WAPs with no reference such as those deep inside a
building uses the positions obtained from already mapped WAPs.

“Assisted Positioning” describes a method for a device to assist
another device to obtain a position fix. Like GPS assistance data, this
patent proposes an “extended assistance data” that includes non-GNSS
data such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Assistance data can contain position
information, signal characteristics etc. For example WAPs scanned can be
geo-tagged and sent to another user. This assistance data can be shared
between users via peer to peer network, ad-hoc or a central server

About sensewhere:

sensewhere Ltd. is a world leader in hyper-local and indoor positioning
solutions. sensewhere’s technology enables precise location information
in areas where there is no or inaccurate satellite data such as indoors
or in dense urban areas. A key aspect of the technology is that it is
based on sensewhere proprietary software and does not require hardware
installation or manual fingerprint to deliver fast accurate indoor
location information.



Contacts

sensewhere
Rob Palfreyman, CEO
Mobile: +44-7900-038555
Office:
+44-131-6295452


- See more at: http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/06/25/sensewhere-patents-granted-in-china-and-usa/#sthash.e6E5dnPw.dpuf

A 39 language online marketplace - WOW

After 25 years of wrestling the language barriers of international trade, a Swedish businessman launches a 39 language online marketplace, addressing 5.5 billion people.

Using machine translation, Commercus.com lets businesses and consumers post advertisements in up to 39 languages, reaching buyers and sellers in more than a hundred of the world’s most populated markets.

(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150615/749036-a )
(Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150615/749036-b )

“Transportation is cheap, it is easy to transfer money, and the world is full of people who love to do business. But even though globalisation has come far, the language barrier remains an obstacle,” says founder Andreas Isaksson.

After 25 years in international business, he has seen his fair share of confusion. Born and raised on a farm outside of Gothenburg, Sweden, Isaksson went on to pursue a career selling Volvo trucks. A first adventure presented itself in Iran.

“I went there on a business trip in 1990, and ended up staying for three years. I travelled the country, and almost nobody in the business community understood a word of what I wanted to say,” says Isaksson.

In his dealings with the world of business, a pattern emerged. Isaksson was sent to sell trucks in Russia, Hungary and Turkey, only to find himself using interpreters to communicate with clients. Having left Volvo, he partnered with a Japanese machine tool manufacturer, whereby the procedure was duly repeated. Gradually it occurred to him that English wasn’t the global language it is so widely believed to be.


“Doing business is all about presenting an offer, but doing that is difficult if you can’t communicate properly. During my career I have been dependent on interpreters, and it is like working in complete darkness,” says Isaksson.

Now his experiences have spawned the idea of a global marketplace for goods and services. Whereas existing alternatives are often country specific, based on a single language, Commercus.com applies machine translation to maximise the potential impact of each advertisement. Users post ads in their native tongue, choosing between +400 categories, after which the advertisements are automatically translated into any language of choice at a rate of €3 per language.

“Until now, there has been no way to advertise your products and services on a truly global level,” says Isaksson.

To welcome new users, the first 150 000 advertisements including translations are completely free.

Contact information, Andreas Isaksson, Telephone: +46-706-344-588, info@commercus.com

http://www.commercus.com

- See more at: http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/06/25/swedish-businessman-takes-a-swing-at-alibaba-and-ebay-launches-39-language-online-marketplace/#sthash.aTZiWheA.dpuf

Gold and Silver Edition of Chinese Zodiac

Zodiac-themed postage stamps that highlight meaningful elements of Chinese culture have always been popular among collectors of Chinese stamps. A noted purveyor of products with Chinese cultural themes, China Today International, presented a commemorative gold and silver edition of Chinese zodiac stamps to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on June 19th.

As a representative of one of the leading firms in China specializing in visibility of Chinese culture on the world stage, China Today International chief strategist Peng Binge was invited, in concert with the United States Congressional Caucus, to the New York headquarters of the United Nations, where he attended seminars on the international cultural exchanges. He presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a collection of Chinese zodiac stamps made of gold and silver from China Today International’s facilities.

The collection is a set of stamps finely cast from the two precious metals and issued to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the release of China’s first zodiac stamp. No such stamp in commemoration of the Chinese Zodiac made of precious metals has been issued before. The limited edition commemorative stamps have been approved by China Post. The master stamp engraver of the 1980 Year of the Monkey stamp, Jiang Weijie, as well as 12 master engravers specializing in zodiac stamps worked together to create the unique commemorative collection, whereby each stamp personifies the style of each engraver and showcases the cultural appeal and charisma of Chinese culture.

Mr. Peng explained, in China’s quest for consensus around the world and for expanding cooperation, Chinese culture is a critical part of the appeal of the country and the interest in the country expressed by the fans of the culture and of the significance of that culture. The country’s sophisticated culture serves as a bridge across the world so audiences can learn about, understand and fall in love with China. Efforts continue in different regions around the world and through a multitude of channels to expand the understanding and appreciation for Chinese culture. The era of globalization opens up many new possibilities for promoting and spreading knowledge about Chinese culture around the world and to be more open to learning about Chinese culture and traditions. The changing times present an immense opportunity for Chinese cultural firms who seek to “spread the word.”


Mr. Peng added that, China is gaining more attention and supporters who express sincere appreciation of Chinese culture, termed as China Fever as well as Collection Fever – have never been more fervent, especially “Chinese collections that can tell stories.” Such collections not only provide richer and more appealing cultural connections to collectors worldwide, but also showcase a certain profile of China’s development, which is another method of drawing the interest of people who wish to be more intimately involved with China.

China Today International is an all-encompassing cultural company dedicated to creating, designing, producing, selling and promoting cultural souvenirs and collections representative of the country’s traditional and modern cultures. It has participated in the hosting and management of major cultural events, including the Beijing Olympic Games, the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the Shanghai World Expo, the 2012 London Olympic Games and the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The company has established a long-term strategic partnership with both China’s national post system and the country’s banking system in addition to having wide-ranging collaborative relationships including shared platforms with cultural institutes and heritage organizations under the aegis of the National Palace Museum.

- See more at: http://theindependent.sg/blog/2015/06/25/gold-and-silver-edition-of-chinese-zodiac-stamps-enters-un-headquarters/#sthash.rywIqoQX.dpuf

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

QUEEN ELIZABETH ii - She's also the Queen of Australia-needs no license to drive.

1. The Queen needs no license to drive.


Privilege is like a dessert served on a silver platter. But when it comes to Queen Elizabeth II, her silver platter shines brighter than the moon. Now, you're probably thinking "ab ye sab kaun sochta hai?" but trust me, you're about to be completely blown off your game here because she has it all, literally! The British monarch's powers and privileges can put these terms to shame. See for yourself: 
















2. She needs no passport either.

















3. She gets to celebrate two birthdays!

According to the Royal Mint, the Queen's official birthday is celebrated on a Saturday in June, although her actual birthday is on April 21st. An official birthday has been a thing for the Royal family since the very beginning. 



















4. Ever heard of a private poet? Well, she has one.

The role is currently held by Carol Ann Duffy. According to the official website of the British Monarch, this honorary position is given to a poet whose work is of national significance. Carol will hold the position till 2019. Here's more if you wish to read up.



















5. She also has a private cash machine.

Installed in the basement of the Buckingham Palace, provided by Coutts (one of Britain's most exclusive banks), this one is a special perk for the queen and her royal family.A private ATM! Awesome, right?

6. She owns all the swans in the River Thames. 








































7. And all the dolphins in British waters belong to her too.
























8. Without her consent, no bill can be passed to form a law.



















9. She has the power to appoint Lords and Knights.



10. She can opt out from paying tax.

But she doesn't. She voluntarily began paying her share in 1992.













11. Her family (and she) have been spared from all Freedom of Information requests! 

12. In times of "grave constitutional crisis", the Queen has the power to VETO any ministerial advice/opinion. 



13. And under no "grave constitutional crisis" the Queen has the right to be consulted, to encourage, and to warn her ministers.
















14. She's also the Queen of Australia.















This is since the enactment of the Royal Styles and Titles Act in 1953. 




15. Apart from being the Head of State of UK and Australia, she's also dominion to all these commonwealth realms:

Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu.

16. She's also the head of the Church of England under her formal title "Defender of the Faith and Supreme Governor of the Church of England".




Sounds like a fancy title picked from Game Of Thrones, don't you think?
17. She's immune from prosecution.


18. Here's the most epic one of them all. She can fire the entire Australian Government!
Here's how it works. The Prime Minister of Australia is appointed by the governor-general. The queen could instruct her representative to appoint a new PM at any time. She can appoint a new governor-general too, if he does not comply.
(And probably New Zealand too!)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

An Abandoned Fishing Village on Gouqi Island, China





Shengsi, an archipelago of almost 400 islands at the mouth of China’s Yangtze river, holds a secret shrouded in time – an abandoned fishing village being reclaimed by nature. These photos by Jane Qing, a creative photographer based in Shanghai, take us into this lost village on the beautiful archipelago.

More info: weibo.cn (ht: amusingplanet)

Gouqi Island belongs to a group of nearly 400 islands known as Shengsi Islands, and form a part of the Zhoushan Archipelago, located outside of Hangzhou Bay. It is the largest archipelago of China. Traditionally Zhoushan had relied heavily on its primary industry, which is fishing, given Zhoushan is the largest fishery in China. Nowadays with the development of the secondary and tertiary industries, Zhoushan's economic base has been largely diversified. Ship building and repairing, shipping, light industry, tourism and service industry grow to be the major contributors of local economic output. Consequently, many fishing villages have today become abandoned. Some of the best preserved villages are located in Gouqi Island.

The Shengsi Islands are a popular tourist destination and is still an important fishery area that attracts more than 100,000 fishermen every winter.






















An Abandoned Fishing Village on Gouqi Island, China





Shengsi, an archipelago of almost 400 islands at the mouth of China’s Yangtze river, holds a secret shrouded in time – an abandoned fishing village being reclaimed by nature. These photos by Jane Qing, a creative photographer based in Shanghai, take us into this lost village on the beautiful archipelago.

More info: weibo.cn (ht: amusingplanet)

Gouqi Island belongs to a group of nearly 400 islands known as Shengsi Islands, and form a part of the Zhoushan Archipelago, located outside of Hangzhou Bay. It is the largest archipelago of China. Traditionally Zhoushan had relied heavily on its primary industry, which is fishing, given Zhoushan is the largest fishery in China. Nowadays with the development of the secondary and tertiary industries, Zhoushan's economic base has been largely diversified. Ship building and repairing, shipping, light industry, tourism and service industry grow to be the major contributors of local economic output. Consequently, many fishing villages have today become abandoned. Some of the best preserved villages are located in Gouqi Island.

The Shengsi Islands are a popular tourist destination and is still an important fishery area that attracts more than 100,000 fishermen every winter.






















Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DIANA'S kids keep mother way on


Dressed warmly in a long magenta coat, the lady, along with her two young boys, braved the cold to cheer for Wales as it faced France in the Five Nations rugby tournament. The children, kitted out in Welsh jerseys and scarves, got to meet most of the players, and they charmed the policemen on patrol, playing with their motorcycle horns.

But this was no ordinary family outing: The woman was the most photographed in the world, Princess Diana, and she was helping cement her sons’ love for a sport that would one day see William and Harry take to opposite sides of the field. When England hosts the Rugby World Cup this fall, it’ll go head to head with its fiercest rival and next door neighbor: Wales. And adding to the tension, it’ll also pit Diana’s two boys against each other.


It’s good for Welsh rugby. … If we have princes of Wales, we should have them watching Wales.

JPR Williams, former Welsh rugby player

It was hailed as a royal coup back in February 1992, when Diana arrived at the National Stadium in Cardiff to support the nation’s beloved rugby team. Conscious that her English-born children both also had the historic “Prince of Wales” title, the princess was keen to ensure that they embraced Welsh culture. There was no better way than cheering on the men in red that chilly Saturday, when the boys watched Wales narrowly lose to France, 9 points to 12. But for one of the princes, the ties to Welsh rugby were only just beginning.

Twenty-three years later, Wales will meet their longtime sporting rival, England, on Sept. 26. While it will be the 127th encounter between them — the first was in 1881 — the fact that it’s the two teams’ first World Cup encounter on British soil guarantees it’ll be one of their biggest clashes ever. Upping the ante even more is the fact that these very English princes will be sitting on opposing sides: William has been the vice royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union since 2007, and Harry assumed the same role for the English team in 2010.





Prince Harry (front left) and Princess Diana at the Wales vs. Australia match during the 1991 World Cup.

Source: David Cannon/Getty

As royal duties go, it’s hardly a chore, as both men are known for their love of sports and can regularly be seen rooting for their team. But, of the two, William’s support for Wales has always been the tougher sell. Many Welsh rugby fans have long believed his true sporting loyalties are firmly rooted in English soil. “It’s always puzzled me, really, in terms of Prince William playing the Welsh card,” acknowledges Camilla Tominey, royal editor of the Sunday Express. “At the end of the day, he’s also an England fan and has been seen at England matches. William does turn up to the Wales matches, but he can’t change the fact he’s English.”

Media-shy William has never tied his late mother’s affection for the Welsh team to his own loyalty to their cause, but it’s fair to speculate that devotion to her memory helps drive his attachment. And although the Welsh Rugby Union is reluctant to discuss the prince’s involvement, other prominent figures have zealously supported William’s Welsh allegiance. JPR Williams, widely regarded as one of Wales’ greatest former players, has said: “It’s good for Welsh rugby. … If we have princes of Wales, we should have them watching Wales.”





Prince William (left) with Prince Harry during the Six Nations rugby match against Wales in 2010.

Source: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Compared to William’s somewhat uncomfortable status as a Wales supporter, Harry’s link to English rugby is an easy fit. Ever since he was seen celebrating England’s 2003 World Cup triumph in the squad’s dressing room in Sydney, the younger prince has confidently been able to call himself the team’s most famous fan. And the nation’s rugby chiefs hope to use their popular, more mediagenic patron to full effect, as Harry, honorary president of England Rugby 2015, officially promotes the tournament to “new and existing rugby fans.”

More controversial than the princes’ alliances were widespread reports in the 1990s romantically linking Diana — officially separated from Prince Charles — to then England rugby captain Will Carling. Carling maintains that the princess was no more than a “good friend,” but rumors persist. Whatever the real story, her support for Wales held firm.

Come Sept. 26, when one of the world’s oldest sporting rivalries will play out in front of 82,000 fans at London’s Twickenham Stadium, two princes will be flying flags for different sides of Offa’s Dyke, the historic English-Welsh border. While there has been many a bloody contest waged between opposing British royals over the centuries, this should thankfully be concluded amicably at the final whistle.

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DIANA'S kids keep mother way on


Dressed warmly in a long magenta coat, the lady, along with her two young boys, braved the cold to cheer for Wales as it faced France in the Five Nations rugby tournament. The children, kitted out in Welsh jerseys and scarves, got to meet most of the players, and they charmed the policemen on patrol, playing with their motorcycle horns.

But this was no ordinary family outing: The woman was the most photographed in the world, Princess Diana, and she was helping cement her sons’ love for a sport that would one day see William and Harry take to opposite sides of the field. When England hosts the Rugby World Cup this fall, it’ll go head to head with its fiercest rival and next door neighbor: Wales. And adding to the tension, it’ll also pit Diana’s two boys against each other.


It’s good for Welsh rugby. … If we have princes of Wales, we should have them watching Wales.

JPR Williams, former Welsh rugby player

It was hailed as a royal coup back in February 1992, when Diana arrived at the National Stadium in Cardiff to support the nation’s beloved rugby team. Conscious that her English-born children both also had the historic “Prince of Wales” title, the princess was keen to ensure that they embraced Welsh culture. There was no better way than cheering on the men in red that chilly Saturday, when the boys watched Wales narrowly lose to France, 9 points to 12. But for one of the princes, the ties to Welsh rugby were only just beginning.

Twenty-three years later, Wales will meet their longtime sporting rival, England, on Sept. 26. While it will be the 127th encounter between them — the first was in 1881 — the fact that it’s the two teams’ first World Cup encounter on British soil guarantees it’ll be one of their biggest clashes ever. Upping the ante even more is the fact that these very English princes will be sitting on opposing sides: William has been the vice royal patron of the Welsh Rugby Union since 2007, and Harry assumed the same role for the English team in 2010.





Prince Harry (front left) and Princess Diana at the Wales vs. Australia match during the 1991 World Cup.

Source: David Cannon/Getty

As royal duties go, it’s hardly a chore, as both men are known for their love of sports and can regularly be seen rooting for their team. But, of the two, William’s support for Wales has always been the tougher sell. Many Welsh rugby fans have long believed his true sporting loyalties are firmly rooted in English soil. “It’s always puzzled me, really, in terms of Prince William playing the Welsh card,” acknowledges Camilla Tominey, royal editor of the Sunday Express. “At the end of the day, he’s also an England fan and has been seen at England matches. William does turn up to the Wales matches, but he can’t change the fact he’s English.”

Media-shy William has never tied his late mother’s affection for the Welsh team to his own loyalty to their cause, but it’s fair to speculate that devotion to her memory helps drive his attachment. And although the Welsh Rugby Union is reluctant to discuss the prince’s involvement, other prominent figures have zealously supported William’s Welsh allegiance. JPR Williams, widely regarded as one of Wales’ greatest former players, has said: “It’s good for Welsh rugby. … If we have princes of Wales, we should have them watching Wales.”





Prince William (left) with Prince Harry during the Six Nations rugby match against Wales in 2010.

Source: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

Compared to William’s somewhat uncomfortable status as a Wales supporter, Harry’s link to English rugby is an easy fit. Ever since he was seen celebrating England’s 2003 World Cup triumph in the squad’s dressing room in Sydney, the younger prince has confidently been able to call himself the team’s most famous fan. And the nation’s rugby chiefs hope to use their popular, more mediagenic patron to full effect, as Harry, honorary president of England Rugby 2015, officially promotes the tournament to “new and existing rugby fans.”

More controversial than the princes’ alliances were widespread reports in the 1990s romantically linking Diana — officially separated from Prince Charles — to then England rugby captain Will Carling. Carling maintains that the princess was no more than a “good friend,” but rumors persist. Whatever the real story, her support for Wales held firm.

Come Sept. 26, when one of the world’s oldest sporting rivalries will play out in front of 82,000 fans at London’s Twickenham Stadium, two princes will be flying flags for different sides of Offa’s Dyke, the historic English-Welsh border. While there has been many a bloody contest waged between opposing British royals over the centuries, this should thankfully be concluded amicably at the final whistle.

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Record Child Abuse - Expect It




Japan, for years, has seemed like a fantasy dream for kids. Sure, this is the nation that practically invented high-pressured schooling. But there’s also Doll’s Day for girls, and Children’s Day for flying carp-shaped kites, not to mention the Shichi-Go-San (“Seven-Five-Three”) festival, where children of the ages 7, 5 and 3 dress in traditional kimonos to visit temples. And we’d probably forgive you for suspecting that anime is Japan’s national pastime. So it’s more than a little shocking that last year, Japan saw a
34 percent increase in suspected child abuse cases,

reaching a record high of 28,923, according to the country’s National Police Agency. The number of individuals actually charged in abuse cases also hit a record — 719 cases.

Of course, some of the increase reflects better reporting of cases. The Mainichi Shimbun cites increased public concern as at least a partial explanation of the rise. Reporting of abuse cases through Japan’s Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare has also been on a steady rise for the past 15 years, after the nation’s Child Abuse Prevention Law started to be enforced. Professor Satoru Nishizawa, a clinical social worker who edits the Japanese Journal of Child Abuse and Neglect, says that while reporting of cases has improved, the increase is too large to be accounted for by better enforcement alone. “The increase of more complicated and pathological cases may reflect the deterioration of child care in Japanese families,” he says.

Attached to detailed statistics issued by the police are thumbnail descriptions of heartbreaking cases, such as the 5-year-old boy who was locked in a room and starved to death by his 36-year-old father. Then there’s child pornography, rape and prostitution.

Overall, verbal and psychological abuse dominated cases reported to the police, including children witnessing domestic violence, which also sharply increased by 45 percent, year over year. Physical abuse rose by 25 percent, while underfeeding grew by 32 percent and sexual abuse by 19 percent. Female victims outnumbered male victims, and girls accounted for 97 percent of sexual abuse victims, abused mostly by their fathers.

Are the Japanese worse than the rest of us? Probably not. Strictly comparable statistics are hard to come by, but reports by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found measures of child welfare in Japan to be way ahead of the United States in areas like material well-being, education, housing and environment, and health and safety. 




UNICEF took a measure of how the 2008 financial crisis had affected child poverty in the subsequent four years. It rose by 2.1 percent in the U.S., but fell by 2.7 percent in Japan (from an already much lower level). Meanwhile, in Greece and Iceland, child poverty shot up by 17.5 percent and 20.4 percent, respectively, although Iceland’s total child poverty rate ended up roughly the same as that of the U.S., at 31.6 percent.
Maybe those fanciful images of childhood in Japan are not so far off the mark after all.

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