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yochina intelligently combines language, travel, country, culture guides for your trip in China, in particular, when you live in China. do business in China or want to learn Chinese and study in China. The novel app gives you tons of useful information, teaches you intercultural competence and helps you to speak Chinese through correct translations with a larg talking English to Chinese dictionary. Therefore, yochina is a smart talking translator and talking phrasebook. Furthermore, yochina is a good assistant for your trip in China and tell you how to apply visa, find hospitals in China, talk to Chinese business partners and speak to local people. Moreover, it comes up also with city guides of Beijing and Shanghai.

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yochina contains the language guide i-You !

The novel travel app yochina is a smart companion for your travel, business and stay in China. By helping you in many types of situations it will add comfort, security and fun to your stay. Moreover, yochina can also help you, when you start learning to speak Chinese.

With yochina at your hand,

▪  you can ask in flawless Chinese for help and directions

▪  you will find the best places

▪  you will make Chinese friends

▪  you will understand Chinese business partners

▪  you can learn about the country

▪  you will receive advice on how to behave in  the unfamiliar culture and avoid taboos

▪  you can learn special hints for different places and different situations

▪  you can test your knowledge about China at different levels

Features of yochina are

1)    comprehensive and smart integrated  language guide, travel guide, culture guide, business guide for communication with Chinese and staying in China

–  audio phrasebook with dialogue function for situations such as: taxi, public transport, hotel, restaurant, shopping, small talk, emergency, examination with doctors, hospital

–  country and travel guide covering information about: facts, history, population, government, economy, climate, relevant cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, and basic facts about all provinces

–  culture guide about Chinese history, Chinese language, literature, fine arts & music, architecture, religion & mythology, Chinese cuisine, clothing, sports





27/12/2017

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Los Angeles Latinas Reclaim Chicano History Through Fashion #culture, #fashion, #125th


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“Dramatic as fuck” is how Sailor Gonzales describes her style. Gonzales, 20, is a double major in fashion design and Chicano studies who works at a roller-skate shop in Long Beach, California, but grew up in the Wilmington section of Los Angeles. “I love the stuff my mom used to be into in high school,” she recently told Vogue. “I love the dramatic cholita eye makeup that my tías and mom used to wear. I find comfort when people feel nostalgic when they see my outfit.”

Across the Southwest and especially in L.A. retro references have long been a vital element of Latina style. But throwback looks are not merely data points in fashion’s larger recycling of eras, cuts, and proportions. “A lot of young Chicanos want to connect to their history,” explained John Carlos De Luna. a vintage clothing dealer and the owner of Barrio Dandy Vintage, a showroom in Boyle Heights. “Inherently they’re connecting to an America that didn’t really accept them, an America that looked down on them. There’s such power in that— to own that history.”

The Chicano style vernacular begins with the pachuco subculture of the 1930s and 1940s, said De Luna, the tapered trousers and pompadours of the zoot-suit era: “This is the inception of our identity.” Not coincidentally, during this period there was also overt persecution of Mexican-Americans in L.A. who were targeted in the series of racist attacks known as the Zoot Suit Riots. Beginning here, a shared narrative is maintained and retold through fashion.

Young women today make allusions to the 1970s, 1980s, and early 1990s, another tumultuous time for the Latino community in L.A. when gang violence derailed and cut short the lives of many. “They are referencing mass incarceration,” De Luna said of the ’90s revival. “They are saying, in effect, ‘I don’t want to be a number.’ ” It’s an era that Dorys Araniva, 37, a designer of Salvadoran descent, lived through and makes a point to keep alive. “My style is really in tune with my culture and my upbringing,” Araniva said. “The early ’90s in Los Angeles were so raw and so beautiful. They continue to haunt me in a really good and precious way.”

Whatever the period, retro references are an assertion of pride and act of hope, De Luna said. “We go back in time to let new generations know: ‘We existed. We were here.’ ”

Salina Zazueta-Beltrán, Isabella Ferrada, and Victoria Valenzuela in East Hollywood.

“My style is a tribute to my culture and the originals who came before me,” says Gabriela Medina, photographed here with her daughter, Aubrey at the Barrio Dandy showroom in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles.

Isabella Ferrada is an artist, model and aspiring cinematographer. Her makeup and style is a mix of inspiration from drag culture, her mother and aunts in the 1980s and 90s, and her friends who she describes as “a group of young, queer, woke brown artists.” She wears a top from Mujerista Market designed by her friend, Salina Zazueta-Beltrán. Photographed in Westlake, Los Angeles.


29/09/2017

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Japan Travel Guide, Japanese Culture, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese History, Japanese

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The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

Japanese Comedian Wins Top BBC Award

Congratulations to Japanese comedian (or should that be comedienne?) Kotani Yuriko, who has won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award. The final was held last Friday live on BBC Radio 2, and broadcast live from the Comedy Store in London on the show of veteran DJ Steve Wright. Kotani beat five other finalists, chosen from.

RIP Kawashima Naomi

Actress Kawashima Naomi died Thursday of bile duct cancer at a Tokyo hospital. She was 54. Her death was announced on Facebook by her husband, pastry chef Yoroizuka Toshihiko. The pair had been married since 2009. Kawashima made her debut as a singer with.

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If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there’s no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket .

Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Go.

POLITICS

Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan’s East Asian neighbors. Go.

SPORT

So how much do you know about Japan’s traditional sport of sumo. Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars. Go.





10/09/2017

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Koala

Le koala en bref.

  • On trouve généralement que le koala ressemble à un petit ours mais il fait partie de la famille des marsupiaux herbivores.
  • L’Australie est le seul pays au monde où vit le koala.
    Entre 2 000 et 8 000 koalas vivent dans les forêts.
  • Animal nocturne, il se nourrit essentiellement le soir et la nuit.
  • Gros dormeur, le koala dort environ 19 heures par jour.
  • Le koala possède un gros nez et de larges oreilles.

Origine de son nom

Le koala doit son nom à la langue aborigène et signifie “ne boit pas”. La raison est simple, son hydratation provient à 90% des feuilles d’eucalyptus dont il se nourrit exclusivement.

Ses caractéristiques

Le koala vit dans un seul endroit au monde, sur la côte est australienne. entre le Queensland et le Victoria.

Il est différent selon qu’il vit dans une région ou une autre, et seulement dans les endroits où se trouvent les arbres qui lui conviennent pour la qualité de sa nourriture.
L’eucalyptus est ainsi l’arbre où vit et dort le koala.

Le koala possède une fourrure très épaisse mais varie en fonction des régions. Dans le sud, elle est plus longue et plus touffue que dans le nord, ceci pour que le koala puisse rester bien au chaud pendant les hivers plus froids du sud.
Fut une époque le koala était une espèce en danger car on le tuait pour sa fourrure.

Le plus gros koala pèse plus de 10 kg et se trouve dans le Victoria, tandis que le plus petit vit dans le nord du Queensland et pèse seulement 5,5 kg.

Il vit dans la forêt, en solitaire (un seul koala par arbre) et sa population se retrouve ainsi complètement éparpillée. La forme en poire de son corps lui apporte la stabilité dont il a besoin pour s’assoir sur les arbres. D’ailleurs, sa fourrure située sous ses fesses est particulièrment épaisse pour former comme un coussin et ainsi assurer le confort de son assise sur les branches les plus dures. A cet endroit, sa fourrure est également tâchetée pour le rendre moins visible depuis le sol.

Lorsqu’on voit un koala, on le trouve si adorable qu’on a envie de le serrer et de le caresser. Mais attention, il est pourvu de dents et de griffes pointues !

Lorsqu’il fait très chaud, pour se rafraichir, il lèche et étend ses pattes alors qu’il se repose sur un arbre.
Le wombat est l’animal le plus proche du koala. Tous les deux possèdent une poche qui s’ouvre vers l’arrière.

Pendant la saison des amours, en été, les mâles marquent leur territoires en gémissant et en serrant le tronc d’un arbre tout en frottant sa poitrine contre celui-ci. Il laisse ainsi une odeur marquée par une glande située sur sa poitrine. Celle-ci est marron, et est le moyen de reconnaître un mâle d’une femelle. La femelle gémit également pendant cette période mais ne marque pas son territoire.
Le koala communique en émettant un bruit comme un ronflement puis qui se termine par le son d’un rot !

Le bébé koala et sa maman

“Cub” (le petit) est le nom que l’on donne au bébé koala.

A sa naissance, il ne voit pas et est minuscule. Après 1 mois, il mesure 1cm.
Il commence à quitter la poche de sa maman vers 5 mois, et il en sort définitivement vers 8 mois. Ensuite il s’accroche sur le dos et le ventre de sa mère, et enfonce sa tête dans la poche pour continuer à boire du lait. Il commence aussi à se nourrir de feuilles partiellement digérées par sa mère, et à grandir vite.
La maman est dotée de muscles résistants pour maîtriser sa poche et empêcher le bébé de tomber.
La femelle koala porte en général un bébé par an, mais lorsqu’elle est plus âgée cela s’espace tous les 2 ans.

Comment se nourrit-il ?

Pour trouver sa nourriture, le koala saute d’arbre en arbre et grimpe les branches avec ses griffes pour atteindre les feuilles. Il se nourrit exclusivement des feuilles d’eucalyptus et il en mange tant, qu’il a du coup la même odeur. Il en consomme entre 0,5 kg et 1 kg chaque nuit.

Le niveau de nutrition ainsi obtenu avec les feuilles d’eucalyptus est si faible que le koala a très peu d’énergie, ce qui explique qu’il passe le plus clair de son temps à dormir, environ 19h par jour !

Grâce à son large nez et à ses poils très sensibles, il sait différentier chaque odeur entre les feuilles. Ainsi il s’assure de manger les meilleures parmi sa sélection. Il possède des poches dans ses joues lui permettant de stocker sa nourriture pas encore mâchée, alors que dans le même temps il se déplace vers un endroit plus protégé.

Le koala a ses préférences quant aux arbres d’eucalyptus. Il existe 600 types différents, et le koala ne mangera que sur 40 à 50 variétés, dont 10 seulement sont ses favorites. Pour la plupart des animaux, les feuilles d’eucalyptus sont perçues comme un poison, mais le koala doté d’un métabolisme spécifique et très lent, retient pendant un long lapse de temps sa nourriture dans son appareil digestif, et optimise ainsi le niveau d’énergie dont il a besoin.

Sauf exception en période de sècheresse, le koala n’a pas besoin de boire grâce à l’hydratation qu’il retire des feuilles d’eucalyptus.

Le koala, une espèce menacée

Sa population a diminué de 90 % en 10 ans en Australie. Le koala n’est pas classifié en tant qu’espèce en voie de disparition malgré ces chiffres alarmants.

Les raisons de sa disparition sont les suivantes :

  • Destruction de son habitat naturel causé généralement par la construction de maisons, par l’exploitation des forêts, par l’agriculture et par le développement urbain.
  • Son espace de vie est très réduit et est concentré uniquement sur la côté est de l’Australie,
  • Le développement urbain a engendré la construction de routes où l’on voit malheureusement bon nombre de koalas tués.

Bien que le koala soit une espèce protégée par la loi, ni son habitat ni sa nourriture ne le sont.

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29/08/2017

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Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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Dominican Republic

President: Danilo Medina (2012)

Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

Geography

The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

Government

Representative democracy.

History

The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

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04/08/2017

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Gulliver – s Travels to Lilliput: History, Politics, Culture – Satire

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Liliputian History, Politics, Culture Satire

Lilliputian Royal Court

Lilliput is ruled by an Emperor, Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue. He is assisted by a first minister (who carries a white staff) and several other officials (who later bring articles of impeachment against Gulliver on grounds of treason): the galbet or high admiral, Skyresh Bolgolam; the lord high treasurer, Flimnap; the general, Limnoc; the chamberlain, Lalcom; and the grand justiciary, Balmuff.

The Lilliputian court customs are very interesting. Men seeking political office demonstrate their agility in rope dancing. How long and how skillfully a candidate can dance upon a rope determines his tenure in office. Reldresal, Gulliver’s friend, and Flimnap, are two of the candidates that are most adept in this. Other diversions include noblemen competing for official favor by crawling under or leaping over a stick, a feat for which they are then rewarded with various colored threads. The disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men that disown the authority under which he acts

There are quarrels between the High Heel Party and the Low Heel Party. The conflict originated over a religious question “Which end should the faithful break their eggs, at the big end or at the little end?” The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end.

All crimes in Lilliput are punished with utmost severity. False accuser are treated as severely as a traitor and put to death and, out of his goods, or lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time and for the danger he underwent. Fraud is considered a greater crime than theft and is punished with death. Ingratitude is a capital crime, as whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind.

Lilliputians believe that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and, therefore, they have, in every town, public nurseries, where all parents are obliged to send their children to be reared and educated. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and to both sexes. They have certain professors, well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities as well as inclinations.

Lilliput House

Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of France, respectively, as they were in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance.

Lilliput is reputedly named after the real area of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell in Dysart, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. Swift was a regular visitor to the Rochfort family at Gaulstown House. It’s said that it was when Swift looked across the expanse of Lough Ennell one day and saw the tiny human figures on the opposite shore of the lake that he conceived the idea of the Lilliputians featured in Gulliver’s Travels. There is also an early Christian association – St. Patrick s sister, Lupita is known to the Lilliput area, which may recall her name. In fact, the townland known from ancient times as Nure was renamed Lileput or Lilliput shortly after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in honour of Swift’s association with the area. Lilliput House has stood in the locality since the Eighteenth Century.





25/07/2017

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Czech Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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Czech Republic

President: Milos Zeman (2013)

Prime Minister: Bohuslav Sobotka (2014)

Land area: 29,836 sq mi (77,276 sq km); total area: 30,450 sq mi (78,866 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 10,627,448 (growth rate: 0.17%); birth rate: 9.79/1000; infant mortality rate: 2.63/1000; life expectancy: 78.31

Geography

The Czech Republic’s central European landscape is dominated by the Bohemian Massif, which rises to heights of 3,000 ft (900 m) above sea level. This ring of mountains encircles a large elevated basin, the Bohemian Plateau. The principal rivers are the Elbe and the Vltava.

Government

Parliamentary democracy.

History

Probably about the 5th century A.D. Slavic tribes from the Vistula basin settled in the region of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. The Czechs founded the kingdom of Bohemia and the Premyslide dynasty, which ruled Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th to the 16th century. One of the Bohemian kings, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, made Prague an imperial capital and a center of Latin scholarship. The Hussite movement founded by Jan Hus (1369? 1415) linked the Slavs to the Reformation and revived Czech nationalism, previously under German domination. A Hapsburg, Ferdinand I, ascended the throne in 1526. The Czechs rebelled in 1618, precipitating the Thirty Years’ War (1618 1648). Defeated in 1620, they were ruled for the next 300 years as part of the Austrian empire. Full independence from the Hapsburgs was not achieved until the end of World War I, following the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

A union of the Czech lands and Slovakia was proclaimed in Prague on Nov. 14, 1918, and the Czech nation became one of the two component parts of the newly formed Czechoslovakian state. In March 1939, German troops occupied Czechoslovakia, and Czech Bohemia and Moravia became German protectorates for the duration of World War II. The former government returned in April 1945 when the war ended and the country’s pre-1938 boundaries were restored. When elections were held in 1946, Communists became the dominant political party and gained control of the Czechoslovakian government in 1948. Thereafter, the former democracy was turned into a Soviet-style state.

Nearly 42 years of Communist rule ended with the nearly bloodless velvet revolution in 1989. V clav Havel, a leading playwright and dissident, was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Havel, imprisoned twice by the Communist regime and his plays banned, became an international symbol for human rights, democracy, and peaceful dissent. The return of democratic political reform saw a strong Slovak nationalist movement emerge by the end of 1991, which sought independence for Slovakia. When the general elections of June 1992 failed to resolve the continuing coexistence of the two republics within the federation, Czech and Slovak political leaders agreed to separate their states into two fully independent nations. On Jan. 1, 1993, the Czechoslovakian federation was dissolved and two separate independent countries were established the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in March 1999.

In Aug. 2002, severe flooding caused 70,000 people in Prague and 200,000 nationwide to be evacuated.

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12/06/2017

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Gulliver – s Travels to Lilliput: History, Politics, Culture – Satire

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Liliputian History, Politics, Culture Satire

Lilliputian Royal Court

Lilliput is ruled by an Emperor, Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue. He is assisted by a first minister (who carries a white staff) and several other officials (who later bring articles of impeachment against Gulliver on grounds of treason): the galbet or high admiral, Skyresh Bolgolam; the lord high treasurer, Flimnap; the general, Limnoc; the chamberlain, Lalcom; and the grand justiciary, Balmuff.

The Lilliputian court customs are very interesting. Men seeking political office demonstrate their agility in rope dancing. How long and how skillfully a candidate can dance upon a rope determines his tenure in office. Reldresal, Gulliver’s friend, and Flimnap, are two of the candidates that are most adept in this. Other diversions include noblemen competing for official favor by crawling under or leaping over a stick, a feat for which they are then rewarded with various colored threads. The disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men that disown the authority under which he acts

There are quarrels between the High Heel Party and the Low Heel Party. The conflict originated over a religious question “Which end should the faithful break their eggs, at the big end or at the little end?” The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end.

All crimes in Lilliput are punished with utmost severity. False accuser are treated as severely as a traitor and put to death and, out of his goods, or lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time and for the danger he underwent. Fraud is considered a greater crime than theft and is punished with death. Ingratitude is a capital crime, as whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind.

Lilliputians believe that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and, therefore, they have, in every town, public nurseries, where all parents are obliged to send their children to be reared and educated. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and to both sexes. They have certain professors, well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities as well as inclinations.

Lilliput House

Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of France, respectively, as they were in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance.

Lilliput is reputedly named after the real area of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell in Dysart, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. Swift was a regular visitor to the Rochfort family at Gaulstown House. It’s said that it was when Swift looked across the expanse of Lough Ennell one day and saw the tiny human figures on the opposite shore of the lake that he conceived the idea of the Lilliputians featured in Gulliver’s Travels. There is also an early Christian association – St. Patrick s sister, Lupita is known to the Lilliput area, which may recall her name. In fact, the townland known from ancient times as Nure was renamed Lileput or Lilliput shortly after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in honour of Swift’s association with the area. Lilliput House has stood in the locality since the Eighteenth Century.





30/05/2017

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Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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Dominican Republic

President: Danilo Medina (2012)

Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

Geography

The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

Government

Representative democracy.

History

The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

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03/05/2017

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Destinations

Find out more about the main cities, beaches, resorts and retreats in Jamaica. Explore the best bars, restaurants, activities and places of interest in each of these destinations.

Historic Falmouth is said to be the best example of a Georgian town outside of England. Grand cut-stone houses stand next to lean-to wooden structures. There are many attractions surrounding Falmouth, including a tranquil river for rafting, a historic exhibition and a lagoon which naturally glows at night time! Falmouth is set to be redeveloped as Jamaica’s next major cruise ship destination.

Music

Former lead singer of “Mile High”, Tessanne Chin is one of the brightest upcoming stars of Jamaican music.

Bob Marley’s follow-up to the highly acclaimed Exodus album. Kaya showcases Marley’s more mallow side with most of the tracks on this album being about love and ganja.

Food and Drink

An overview of some of Jamaica’s national dishes along with recipes to bring a taste of Jamaican culture to your home

For the best Jerk Pork you need to get it straight from a Jerk Barbeque, ideally from Boston in Portland, the home of Jerk Sauce. However, this recipe for home cooked Jerk Pork is a real taste of Jamaica.

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A selection of books, dvds and websites for further information about Jamaica





02/05/2017

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Japan Travel Guide, Japanese Culture, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese History, Japanese

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The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

Japanese Comedian Wins Top BBC Award

Congratulations to Japanese comedian (or should that be comedienne?) Kotani Yuriko, who has won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award. The final was held last Friday live on BBC Radio 2, and broadcast live from the Comedy Store in London on the show of veteran DJ Steve Wright. Kotani beat five other finalists, chosen from.

RIP Kawashima Naomi

Actress Kawashima Naomi died Thursday of bile duct cancer at a Tokyo hospital. She was 54. Her death was announced on Facebook by her husband, pastry chef Yoroizuka Toshihiko. The pair had been married since 2009. Kawashima made her debut as a singer with.

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If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there’s no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket .

Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Go.

POLITICS

Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan’s East Asian neighbors. Go.

SPORT

So how much do you know about Japan’s traditional sport of sumo. Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars. Go.





02/05/2017

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Gulliver – s Travels to Lilliput: History, Politics, Culture – Satire

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Liliputian History, Politics, Culture Satire

Lilliputian Royal Court

Lilliput is ruled by an Emperor, Golbasto Momarem Evlame Gurdilo Shefin Mully Ully Gue. He is assisted by a first minister (who carries a white staff) and several other officials (who later bring articles of impeachment against Gulliver on grounds of treason): the galbet or high admiral, Skyresh Bolgolam; the lord high treasurer, Flimnap; the general, Limnoc; the chamberlain, Lalcom; and the grand justiciary, Balmuff.

The Lilliputian court customs are very interesting. Men seeking political office demonstrate their agility in rope dancing. How long and how skillfully a candidate can dance upon a rope determines his tenure in office. Reldresal, Gulliver’s friend, and Flimnap, are two of the candidates that are most adept in this. Other diversions include noblemen competing for official favor by crawling under or leaping over a stick, a feat for which they are then rewarded with various colored threads. The disbelief of a Divine Providence renders a man incapable of holding any public station; for, since kings avow themselves to be the deputies of Providence, the Lilliputians think nothing can be more absurd than for a prince to employ such men that disown the authority under which he acts

There are quarrels between the High Heel Party and the Low Heel Party. The conflict originated over a religious question “Which end should the faithful break their eggs, at the big end or at the little end?” The Blefuscudians break theirs, in the original style, at the big end. But, by royal edict, the Lilliputians must break their eggs at the little end.

All crimes in Lilliput are punished with utmost severity. False accuser are treated as severely as a traitor and put to death and, out of his goods, or lands, the innocent person is quadruply recompensed for the loss of his time and for the danger he underwent. Fraud is considered a greater crime than theft and is punished with death. Ingratitude is a capital crime, as whoever makes ill returns to his benefactor, must needs be a common enemy to the rest of mankind.

Lilliputians believe that parents are the last of all others to be trusted with the education of their own children; and, therefore, they have, in every town, public nurseries, where all parents are obliged to send their children to be reared and educated. These schools are of several kinds, suited to different qualities, and to both sexes. They have certain professors, well skilled in preparing children for such a condition of life as befits the rank of their parents, and their own capacities as well as inclinations.

Lilliput House

Lilliput and Blefuscu were intended as, and understood to be, satirical portraits of the kingdom of Great Britain and the kingdom of France, respectively, as they were in the early 18th century. Only the internal politics of Lilliput are described in detail; these are parodies of British politics, in which the great central issues of the day are belittled and reduced to unimportance.

Lilliput is reputedly named after the real area of Lilliput on the shores of Lough Ennell in Dysart, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath in Ireland. Swift was a regular visitor to the Rochfort family at Gaulstown House. It’s said that it was when Swift looked across the expanse of Lough Ennell one day and saw the tiny human figures on the opposite shore of the lake that he conceived the idea of the Lilliputians featured in Gulliver’s Travels. There is also an early Christian association – St. Patrick s sister, Lupita is known to the Lilliput area, which may recall her name. In fact, the townland known from ancient times as Nure was renamed Lileput or Lilliput shortly after the publication of Gulliver’s Travels in honour of Swift’s association with the area. Lilliput House has stood in the locality since the Eighteenth Century.





21/04/2017

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Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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Dominican Republic

President: Danilo Medina (2012)

Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

Geography

The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

Government

Representative democracy.

History

The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

Next: Freely-Elected President Balaguer Witnesses Withdrawal of Foreign Troops





19/03/2017

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Dominican Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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Dominican Republic

President: Danilo Medina (2012)

Land area: 18,680 sq mi (48,381 sq km); total area: 18,815 sq mi (48,730 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 10,349,741 (growth rate: 1.25%); birth rate: 18.97/1000; infant mortality rate: 19.63/1000; life expectancy: 77.8

Geography

The Dominican Republic in the West Indies occupies the eastern two-thirds of the island of Hispaniola, which it shares with Haiti. Its area equals that of Vermont and New Hampshire combined. Duarte Peak, at 10,417 ft (3,175 m), is the highest point in the West Indies.

Government

Representative democracy.

History

The Dominican Republic was explored by Columbus on his first voyage in 1492. He named it La Espa ola, and his son, Diego, was its first viceroy. The capital, Santo Domingo, founded in 1496, is the oldest European settlement in the Western Hemisphere.

Spain ceded the colony to France in 1795, and Haitian blacks under Toussaint L’Ouverture conquered it in 1801. In 1808, the people revolted and captured Santo Domingo the next year, setting up the first republic. Spain regained title to the colony in 1814. In 1821 Spanish rule was overthrown, but in 1822 the colony was reconquered by the Haitians. In 1844, the Haitians were thrown out and the Dominican Republic was established, headed by Pedro Santana. Uprisings and Haitian attacks led Santana to make the country a province of Spain from 1861 to 1865.

President Buenaventura B ez, faced with an economy in shambles, attempted to have the country annexed to the U.S. in 1870, but the U.S. Senate refused to ratify a treaty of annexation. Disorder continued until the dictatorship of Ul ses Heureaux; in 1916, when chaos broke out again, the U.S. sent in a contingent of marines, who remained until 1924.

A sergeant in the Dominican army trained by the marines, Rafa l Leonides Trujillo Molina, overthrew Horacio V squez in 1930 and established a dictatorship that lasted until his assassination in 1961, 31 years later. In 1962, Juan Bosch of the leftist Dominican Revolutionary Party, became the first democratically elected president in four decades.

Next: Freely-Elected President Balaguer Witnesses Withdrawal of Foreign Troops





19/03/2017

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Czech Republic: Maps, History, Geography, Government, Culture, Facts, Guide & Travel

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Czech Republic

President: Milos Zeman (2013)

Prime Minister: Bohuslav Sobotka (2014)

Land area: 29,836 sq mi (77,276 sq km); total area: 30,450 sq mi (78,866 sq km)

Population (2014 est.): 10,627,448 (growth rate: 0.17%); birth rate: 9.79/1000; infant mortality rate: 2.63/1000; life expectancy: 78.31

Geography

The Czech Republic’s central European landscape is dominated by the Bohemian Massif, which rises to heights of 3,000 ft (900 m) above sea level. This ring of mountains encircles a large elevated basin, the Bohemian Plateau. The principal rivers are the Elbe and the Vltava.

Government

Parliamentary democracy.

History

Probably about the 5th century A.D. Slavic tribes from the Vistula basin settled in the region of Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia. The Czechs founded the kingdom of Bohemia and the Premyslide dynasty, which ruled Bohemia and Moravia from the 10th to the 16th century. One of the Bohemian kings, Charles IV, Holy Roman Emperor, made Prague an imperial capital and a center of Latin scholarship. The Hussite movement founded by Jan Hus (1369? 1415) linked the Slavs to the Reformation and revived Czech nationalism, previously under German domination. A Hapsburg, Ferdinand I, ascended the throne in 1526. The Czechs rebelled in 1618, precipitating the Thirty Years’ War (1618 1648). Defeated in 1620, they were ruled for the next 300 years as part of the Austrian empire. Full independence from the Hapsburgs was not achieved until the end of World War I, following the collapse of the Austrian-Hungarian Empire.

A union of the Czech lands and Slovakia was proclaimed in Prague on Nov. 14, 1918, and the Czech nation became one of the two component parts of the newly formed Czechoslovakian state. In March 1939, German troops occupied Czechoslovakia, and Czech Bohemia and Moravia became German protectorates for the duration of World War II. The former government returned in April 1945 when the war ended and the country’s pre-1938 boundaries were restored. When elections were held in 1946, Communists became the dominant political party and gained control of the Czechoslovakian government in 1948. Thereafter, the former democracy was turned into a Soviet-style state.

Nearly 42 years of Communist rule ended with the nearly bloodless velvet revolution in 1989. V clav Havel, a leading playwright and dissident, was elected president of Czechoslovakia in 1989. Havel, imprisoned twice by the Communist regime and his plays banned, became an international symbol for human rights, democracy, and peaceful dissent. The return of democratic political reform saw a strong Slovak nationalist movement emerge by the end of 1991, which sought independence for Slovakia. When the general elections of June 1992 failed to resolve the continuing coexistence of the two republics within the federation, Czech and Slovak political leaders agreed to separate their states into two fully independent nations. On Jan. 1, 1993, the Czechoslovakian federation was dissolved and two separate independent countries were established the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in March 1999.

In Aug. 2002, severe flooding caused 70,000 people in Prague and 200,000 nationwide to be evacuated.

Next: Havel Leaves Office After 13 Years as President





18/03/2017

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Japan Travel Guide, Japanese Culture, Japanese Pop Culture, Japanese History, Japanese

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The Latest Entertainment News from Japan

Japanese Comedian Wins Top BBC Award

Congratulations to Japanese comedian (or should that be comedienne?) Kotani Yuriko, who has won this year’s BBC Radio New Comedy Award. The final was held last Friday live on BBC Radio 2, and broadcast live from the Comedy Store in London on the show of veteran DJ Steve Wright. Kotani beat five other finalists, chosen from.

RIP Kawashima Naomi

Actress Kawashima Naomi died Thursday of bile duct cancer at a Tokyo hospital. She was 54. Her death was announced on Facebook by her husband, pastry chef Yoroizuka Toshihiko. The pair had been married since 2009. Kawashima made her debut as a singer with.

Japan Zone Content Selections

STORE

If you want to stay warm and cosy this winter, there’s no better way than with a padded cotton hanten jacket .

Warmer even than a down or fleece jacket, hanten have been worn in the cold north of Japan for more than a century. Go.

POLITICS

Japan changes prime ministers the way most of us change our shirt. And not many of them get a second bite at the apple.

So the second term of Abe Shinzo was always going to be noteworthy. Even more so now that it has seen a shift back to conservatism, controversy and possible conflict with Japan’s East Asian neighbors. Go.

SPORT

So how much do you know about Japan’s traditional sport of sumo. Its centuries-old history and deeply ingrained rituals make it a hard sell for young Japanese, whose places in the top ranks have increasingly been taken over by foreign stars. Go.





17/03/2017

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Download yochina language travel culture guide for China for iPhone #cheap

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yochina contains the language guide i-You !

The novel travel app yochina is a smart companion for your travel, business and stay in China. By helping you in many types of situations it will add comfort, security and fun to your stay. Moreover, yochina can also help you, when you start learning to speak Chinese.

With yochina at your hand,

▪  you can ask in flawless Chinese for help and directions

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▪  you will make Chinese friends

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▪  you will receive advice on how to behave in  the unfamiliar culture and avoid taboos

▪  you can learn special hints for different places and different situations

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09/02/2017

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