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VIDEO via FreeBase: Charting Culture by Mapping Migration

August 14, 2014 // 0 Comments

Video: Thousands of Years of Human Migration in Five Minutes By Lisa Raffensperger | July 31, 2014 2:00 pm   It’s enough to put an old-fashioned family tree to shame. A visualization of the migration routes of more than 150,000 people, from 600 BC to the present day, brings to life human history in the Western world in an engrossing and novel way. The model, produced by Maximilian Schich, at the University of Texas at Dallas, along with collaborators from the U.S., Switzerland and Hungary, represents the birth and death dates and locations of individual people. These data came from community database Freebase, a well-known German encyclopedia of the world’s artists, and Getty’s online artist names database. The sample included such notable individuals as David, King of Israel, and Leonardo da Vinci, but, since Freebase is editable by anyone, it also included average folk. “You will have people where we know that there was a carpenter in Nuremberg, who lived from 1530 to [...]

NEWS via TheAtlanticCities.com: America’s 1,000 Richest Neighborhoods

March 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

America’s 1,000 Richest Neighborhoods RICHARD FLORIDA MAR 13, 2014 Carolyn Williams/Flickr America’s “one percent” are a privileged bunch. It takes an adjusted gross income of almost $400,000 to be counted among those who make up the country’s top earners. Together, the top 1 percent account for nearly 20 percent of reported taxable income in the U.S. Overall, the one percent are heavily concentrated along the East and West Coasts. And despite all the talk about gentrification and the movement of the uber-affluent back to the cities, their numbers are overwhelmingly concentrated in the upscale suburbs of America’s increasingly bicoastal economy – places like Greenwich, Connecticut; Bethesda and Potomac, Maryland; Coral Gables, Florida; and Newport Beach, California. Eighteen neighborhoods have average incomes of more than $500,000. These are the location patterns of America’s super rich that geographer Stephen Higley has documented in a new [...]

NEWS via BloombergBusinessWeek: Megadams Are Dismal Investments

March 22, 2014 // 0 Comments

Megadams Are Dismal Investments By Blake Schmidt March 13, 2014 Photograph by Taylor Weidman/Zuma Press Indigenous Munduruku men at the quarry site for Belo Monte It’s hard to overstate the massive proportions of Belo Monte. When completed, it will be the world’s third-largest dam. Set in the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, it will funnel water through 18 turbines, each with the diameter of the Space Shuttle. When the last one is switched on in 2019, Belo Monte will have a capacity of 11,233 megawatts—enough to supply power to 40 percent of Brazil’s households. Construction crews, which began work in 2011, will have to dig up almost twice as much dirt as was removed to build China’s Three Gorges Dam, and truck in enough steel to build 16 Eiffel Towers, according to the dam’s developers. About 26,000 laborers toil in shifts around the clock. Massive is a word that also applies to the hydropower project’s price. Norte Energia, the consortium awarded a 35-year concession [...]

NEWS via CNN: Plugging China’s talent pool

March 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Plugging China’s talent pool By Zarina Banu for CNN March 20, 2014 — Updated 0603 GMT (1403 HKT) Many are leaving China for reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality. STORY HIGHLIGHTS China sees 8.5 million mainly middle-class living abroad with less than 10% moving in Paper in China calls exodus “the world’s worst brain drain” Hong Kong (CNN) — “Culture is not the main reason why most Chinese people leave. This is a romantic view. Most people leave China because of practical reasons like education, food and wealth security and air quality.” This is the view of Li Chen, who moved to Hong Kong from the mainland two years ago. A combination of pragmatism and aspiration led the 32-year-old Masters of Journalism student to leave. He said when his wife was offered the chance to relocate to Hong Kong, the timing for the couple was just right. The move allowed Li to pursue his passion for photography and will earn him [...]

NEWS via Guardian Liberty Voice: China Population Structure Change Demands Economic Reform

March 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

China Population Structure Change Demands Economic Reform Added by Tina Zhang on March 15, 2014. On March 13, China’s annual parliament meeting closed. Reforms in financialsector, economic structure, environmental protection, and many other areas were proposed. During the nine days of the meeting, there was plenty of news showing disappointing performance in areas such as investment, retail sales and factory output in the first two months of this year. These already invited speculations that policy easing from the government should be imminent. Beijing repeated said it would tolerate slower economic growth in exchange for economic structural transformation. Aside from the often-quoted reasons for such reform, the unstoppable change of the population structure demands China must tough through the pain of slowing economy and its structural reform. China’s working-age population shrank for the first time in 2012 by 3.45 million. Looking into the future, the number of 15 to 24 [...]

News via ECNS.cn: China to improve environment legislation amid lingering smog

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

Chinese top legislator Zhang Dejiang on Sunday pledged to enhance environmental legislation and oversight of pollutant emissions, as Beijing continued to be shrouded in a spell of lingering smog. The top legislature will work to revise the Environmental Protection Law and the Air Pollution Prevention and Control Law to improve the environmental protection and management system, said Zhang, chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee. It is necessary to fully analyze the deep-rooted reasons for environmental problems and strive to fundamentally reverse environmental deterioration by improving laws and regulations, strengthening supervision over the process of environmental management, tightening oversight of the discharge of pollutants, and inflicting harsher punishments for illegal practices, he said. The policy of compensation for ecological damage must be implemented, Zhang said, citing a principle that developers are responsible for protecting the [...]

NEWS via Saratogian: China worries it’s losing the Pop-Culture Arms Race

March 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

China worries it’s losing the pop-culture arms race By Gu Jinglu and William Wan, The Washington Post POSTED: 03/07/14, 6:14 PM EST | BEIJING — There is no shortage of problems facing China these days: a terrorist attack that recently left 29 people killed and 143 injured; corruption in government; a worrisome slowdown in economic growth. So when the country’s two highest governing bodies met in Beijing this week, what was the burning issue on the delegates’ lips? A South Korean soap opera that has taken the country by storm. To be fair, it’s hard to overstate just how popular this show is these days. After the show’s female lead mentioned “beer and fried chicken” in one episode, it became one of the most invoked phrases online. Restaurants cashed in and started selling beer and fried chicken meals. One pregnant woman from Jiangsu, a province in eastern China, almost had a miscarriage, according to some news reports, after she stayed up too many nights [...]

NEWS vía Global Times: Island Migration – Canada Closes it’s Doors

February 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Island migration Recently, Canada announced that it would end its investor program, closing off another path for Chinese immigrants. However, as Canada closes the door, island countries such as St Kitts and Nevis have opened another window for Chinese entrepreneurs who are seeking immigration for various reasons. Island nations have become the popular alternative immigration choice for rich entrepreneurs in China, because of benefits such as relaxed conditions and low investment requirements. Entrepreneurs such as Zhang Lan, the chairwoman of high-end restaurant chain South Beauty, and Feng Changge, the founder of Harmony Auto, are reported to have migrated there. A booth for overseas investment at the Shanghai Real estate fair, on October 3, 2013. Photo: I Fewer options A newly released report conducted by the Hurun Research Institute said that 64 percent of Chinese millionaires have already migrated with their wealth or are preparing to do so. On January 22, 2014, the Center for [...]

NEWS via the Guardian: Time running out for China’s one-child policy after three decades

February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Time running out for China’s one-child policy after three decades As list of exemptions grows, experts predict scrapping of rule said to have prevented 400m births Even if the one-child policy is scrapped, many Chinese couples say they are unlikely to have bigger families because of the expense. Photograph: Afp/AFP/Getty Images Chen Xi once saw the one-child policy as a brick wall, unyielding and inevitable. Now she considers it a nuisance. The turning point came in November when, just as she began the fifth month of her pregnancy, Beijing announced a big change to the contentious policy, allowing couples to have two children if one parent is an only child. Chen, a 28-year-old employee at a state-owned enterprise, should qualify – her husband does have siblings, but she does not. Yet her hopes may be dashed: although she is pregnant with her first child, she lives with her husband’s 16-year-old daughter from a previous marriage, and family planning officials may [...]

NEWS via CNN: Mainland Chinese line up for Australia’s ‘millionaire visa’

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

Mainland Chinese line up for Australia’s ‘Millionaire Visa’ By Peter Shadbolt, for CNN February 4, 2014 — Updated 1145 GMT (1945 HKT) Chinese immigration into Australia now represents the third largest group after migrants from the UK and New Zealand. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Chinese are the biggest group to apply for Australia’s ‘millionaire visa’ High wealth individuals must invest $A5 million in Australia to get a visa Those investing for more than four years are eligible for permanent residency Chinese are the third largest immigrant group in Australia after the UK and NZ Hong Kong (CNN) — There’s little doubt which country Australia is targeting under its immigration scheme for the super-wealthy; the investment visa is called sub-class 188 and its permanent visa is called sub-class 888. In China, the number eight is culturally associated with wealth, prosperity and good fortune and rich Chinese nationals have been queuing up for the [...]

NEWS via Reuters: U.N. Sounds Alarm on Worsening Global Income Disparities

February 9, 2014 // 0 Comments

U.N. sounds alarm on worsening global income disparities BY LOUIS CHARBONNEAU UNITED NATIONS Wed Jan 29, 2014 11:50am EST Helen Clark, head of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), speaks during a news conference after launching a report on ”Water Governance in the Arab Region” in Manama November 28, 2013 file photo. CREDIT: REUTERS/HAMAD I MOHAMMED (Reuters) – The U.N. Development Program warned in a report on Wednesday that income disparities in countries around the world have been worsening, posing new risks for global economic and political stability. The UNDP warning echoes remarks from U.S. President Barack Obama in his annual State of the Union address on Tuesday, in which he said there was a widening gap between rich and poor in the world’s biggest economy and that while the stock market has soared, average U.S. wages have barely budged. The UNDP report said income inequality increased by 11 percent in developing countries over the two [...]

NEWS via CNN: Moving map shows Chinese New Year travel rush in real time

January 28, 2014 // 0 Comments

As hundreds of millions of Chinese migrate home for the new year, Baidu uses cell phone data to create a real time map of human migration. -The Human Imprint ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Moving map shows Chinese New Year travel rush in real time By Wilfred Chan, CNN January 28, 2014 — Updated 0619 GMT (1419 HKT) Chinese social network Baidu has developed a moving map of Chinese people as they travel home for Chinese New Year. STORY HIGHLIGHTS Chinese web giant Baidu develops moving map of Lunar New Year travelers Map works by pulling location data from mobile phones (CNN) — With a bit of technical ingenuity, Chinese web giant Baidu has developed a moving map of travelers as they return home for Lunar New Year, which begins this week. The map, which updates hourly, works by pulling location data from users’ mobile phones as they travel across the country. Users can click to see which routes and cities have the most traffic at [...]

NEWS: UN: 6.6 Million Children Under 5 Died Last Year – ABC News

September 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

UN: 6.6 Million Children Under 5 Died Last Year LAGOS, Nigeria September 13, 2013 (AP) By CARLEY PETESCH Associated Press Childhood death rates around the world have halved since 1990 but an estimated 6.6 million children under the age of 5 still died last year, the U.N. children’s agency said Friday. Nearly half of all children who die are in five countries: Nigeria, Congo, India, Pakistan and China, it said in a report. “Progress can and must be made,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF’s executive director. “When concerted action, sound strategies, adequate resources and strong political will are harnessed in support of child and maternal survival, dramatic reductions in child mortality aren’t just feasible, they are morally imperative.” The top killers are malaria, pneumonia and diarrhea, the report said, taking the lives of about 6,000 children under age 5 daily. A lack of nutrition contributes to almost half of these deaths, the U.N. said. [...]

NEWS via CNN: ‘Hidden income’ makes China’s rich wealthier than thought

September 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

Hong Kong (CNN) — China’s urban rich are making far more than they officially report, suggesting the wealth gap in the world’s second largest economy is much higher than previously thought, according to a new study. The China Society of Economic Reform released a survey Monday that found “gray income” was 6.2 trillion yuan (U.S. $1 trillion), or 12% of GDP. “Gray income” can range from illegal cash from kickbacks to unreported income and gifts. “The result has highlighted expanding social inequalities and policy issues surrounding official corruption and income distribution,” said Wang Xiaolu, who led the research for the CSER, in an article in Caixin Online. “The richer the household, the more likely it receives shadow income.” The study comes a day after Bo Xilai, a once high-flying politician, was sentenced to life in prison for bribe-taking,15 years for embezzlement and seven years for abuse of power. Bo is [...]

NEWS: Everything is in China: The World’s Architecture Replicated in Chinese Copy Towns

September 14, 2013 // 0 Comments

Everything is in China: The World’s Architecture Replicated in Chinese Copy Towns. Via: Atlas Obscura Thames Town Chapel (photograph by Bianca Bosker/Original Copies)   The canals of Venice, the monuments of Paris, the skyscrapers of New York, even the pubs of London can all be found in China. The replicas are part of a trend of copycat architecture that has brought the architecture of the rest of the world, particularly of Europe and the United States, into the new developments of China’s growing cities. In a book released earlier this year called Original Copies: Architectural Mimicry in Contemporary China by Bianca Bosker, these cloned communities are examined both in their historical and cultural context. There’s Thames Town where a statue of Churchill looms before guards dressed in uniforms inspired by the Queen’s foot guard; New Amsterdam in Shenyang where a copy of the Hague’s Peace Palace is alongside a traditional ship; and New York, New [...]

NEWS via PRI: Low-Water Lunch: A Chinese Breakthrough on Irrigation?

July 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Esther Boserup would be proud! It looks as though the Chinese have created a new irrigation system that allows plants to use water only as it needs-creating a more sustainable agricultural method to support it’s exploding population. Take that Malthus. Low-Water Lunch: A Chinese Breakthrough on Irrigation? | @pritheworld. Agronomist Kim Ji-Seok points to soil with trace irrigation that is moist, but not wet. (Photo: Mary Kay [...]

NEWS via CNN: New Chinese law: Visit your Parents

July 2, 2013 // 0 Comments

Human Imprint Synopsis: In a country where a one-child policy and an aging population prevail, the traditional family is being turned on its head. China is a rapidly developing country that is improving its economic position by sending more of their children to universities, even abroad.  However, as the money starts to come in, dependents of the “little-prince” generation are wondering if their kid will ever come back home to take care of them. Recently, the “Law of Protection of Rights and Interests of the Aged” was established in an effort to make sure that kids are not turning their back on their parents. A social necessity or infringement of human rights? What do you think? —————————- Story Via: New Chinese law: Visit your parents – CNN.com. New Chinese law: Visit your parents By Meng Meng and Katie Hunt, for CNN updated 6:36 AM EDT, Tue July 2, 2013 In China, visit parents or face jail? [...]
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