Tuesday, March 31, 2009

an inconvenient truth Al Gore's birthday review Mar 31st

"My fellow Americans, people all over the world, we need to solve the climate crisis. It's not a political issue; it's a moral issue. We have everything we need to get started, with the possible exception of the will to act. That's a renewable resource. Let's renew it."

Albert Arnold "Al" Gore, Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is an American environmental activist who served as the 45th Vice President of the United States from 1993 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton. He is an author, businessperson, Nobel laureate, and former journalist. Gore also starred in the 2006 documentary An Inconvenient Truth, which won an Academy Award in 2007. He later won a Grammy Award for the audio version of his related book An Inconvenient Truth: The Planetary Emergency of Global Warming and What We Can Do About It, in February, 2009.

Gore is the recipient of a number of awards. He and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.[4]Gore received a Primetime Emmy Award for Current TV in 2007, and a Webby Award in 2005. Time named Gore as a runner-up for its 2007 Person of the Year.

He is currently the founder and chair of Alliance for Climate Protection, the co-founder and chair of Generation Investment Management, the co-founder and chair of Current TV, a member of the Board of Directors of Apple Inc., and a senior advisor to Google.

At the ECO:nomics summit, former Vice President Al Gore discusses his 10-year plan to end utilities' use of carbon-based fuels.

On day one of the Wall Street Journal's ECO:nomics conference, WSJ's Andy Jordan finds out it isn't easy being green.

But the path to the action on eco-protection is hard , the challenging is everywhere . We need to do little things as we are easy to do.
From 10things

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Xiamen Search Marketing Expo (Xiamen SMX)- China @ Timev

Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen also finds itself in the net , google adwords, keywords and etc are now everyday hot topics.

SEO is a hot word recently for business world , web is not a stranger any more . Web searching is one part of human's life. Google makes the definition of web quality and all industry goes crazy for PR value , google/yahoo listing......

The Search Marketing Expo (Xiamen SMX)China is the most popular and important convention on SEO line in China . Since 2004 Inway Ni and his team TimeV made lots of happenings to push search engine concept spreading out in China . If you really have a chance to be in Xiamen in April , don't miss that!

Very insteresting,after I finishing this blog , I made a google search for keywords Xiamen Search Marketing expo , this page is listed on the second searching page . Mind you , this web page has no PR value , really magic !

Search Marketing Expo (SMX) – China @ Timev
Xiamen, China: April 9-10, 2009

Search Marketing Expo - China @ Timev is certain to be to the "must-attend" interactive and search engine marketing event of the year in Asia, delivering superior value to conference delegates and exhibit hall attendees alike.
SMX China has bilingual sessions designed just for you, whether you're just starting in search marketing or you're a seasoned expert, whether you’re just thinking in moving you business into China or you’re already in China. Your All Access registration pass gets you in to the more than 20 search marketing sessions on the agenda.
New to search? Participate in the SMX Boot Camp which covers all the bases of search marketing success: copywriting, web analyze tool, keyword research tool, paid search fundamentals and search engine friendly web design. After the Boot Camp, you'll have one and a half days to dive deep on your areas of interest before SMX China unwinds.

Got some experience? Learn the latest techniques for achieving superior results in both paid and organic search marketing. There are more than 8 sessions designed just for your skill level.

An expert? Heard of Search 3.0? Search 4.0? SMX China has entire days dedicated to keeping you ahead of the curve with the inside scoop on future developments that only the editors of Search Engine Land can deliver, topics like the personalized search revolution, the social graph, and searcher behavior.
China? How to deal with Chinese search engines? SMX China has integrate the china issue into each sessions, including both SEO and SEM topics. You will most practical and real-time china search marketing know-how.
resource from http://event.timev.com/en/sem/xiamen/

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Monday, March 23, 2009

“Weather, climate and the air we breathe”---23 March World Meteorological Day

Each year, on 23 March, the World Meteorological Organization, its 188 Members and the worldwide meteorological community celebrate World Meteorological Day around a chosen theme. This Day commemorates the entry into force, on that date in 1950, of the WMO Convention creating the Organization. Subsequently, in 1951, WMO was designated a specialized agency of the United Nations System.

This year, the theme is “Weather, climate and the air we breathe”.

Such a theme is particularly appropriate at a time when communities around the globe are struggling to attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, especially in terms of health, food, water security and poverty alleviation, as well as to increase their effectiveness in preventing and mitigating natural disasters, of which 90 per cent are directly related to weather, climate and water.

Moreover, scientists and medical professionals are increasingly aware of the critical linkages between weather, climate, the composition of the air we breathe and their effects on human health.

Over the past few decades, population growth, increased energy usage and industrial development have contributed to the emission of gases and particles that affect human health. Thus, asthma, heart disease, lung cancer and many other medical conditions have been exacerbated, or even caused, by declining air quality.

In addition, air pollution impinges on the global economy, food and water security and sustainable development, by damaging plants, crops and ecosystems.

Carbon dioxide and other gases warm the surface of the planet naturally by trapping solar heat in the atmosphere. This is a good thing because it keeps our planet habitable. However, by burning fossil fuels such as coal, gas and oil and clearing forests we have dramatically increased the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures are rising.

The vast majority of scientists agree that global warming is real, it’s already happening and that it is the result of our activities and not a natural occurrence. The evidence is overwhelming and undeniable.

We’re already seeing changes. Glaciers are melting, plants and animals are being forced from their habitat, and the number of severe storms and droughts is increasing.

The number of Category 4 and 5 hurricanes has almost doubled in the last 30 years.
Malaria has spread to higher altitudes in places like the Colombian Andes, 7,000 feet above sea level.
The flow of ice from glaciers in Greenland has more than doubled over the past decade.
At least 279 species of plants and animals are already responding to global warming, moving closer to the poles.

If the warming continues, we can expect catastrophic consequences.

Deaths from global warming will double in just 25 years -- to 300,000 people a year.
Global sea levels could rise by more than 20 feet with the loss of shelf ice in Greenland and Antarctica, devastating coastal areas worldwide.
Heat waves will be more frequent and more intense.
Droughts and wildfires will occur more often.
The Arctic Ocean could be ice free in summer by 2050.
More than a million species worldwide could be driven to extinction by 2050.

There is no doubt we can solve this problem. In fact, we have a moral obligation to do so. Small changes to your daily routine can add up to big differences in helping to stop global warming. The time to come together to solve this problem is now –TAKE ACTION.

Millennium Hotels Group has its mission in Green policy , water prevention, Electrical Energy Conservation, Recycling and Eco-Friendly Suppliers and Products have been put into daily operational process . Also as it claims:'Millennium Hotels and Resorts is dedicated to life-long environmental responsibility and will continue to embrace the addition of new eco-friendly policies in the future.' It is not only a business issue , it is a world wide human issue , an issue that realted to life and death in a predictable future.

resources from global warming, eco-friendly websites

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Saturday, March 14, 2009

Leading people in financially difficult times - speach from Dr. Sam Harrell

'Never Underestimate the people's willingness to help if positively led'

Dr. Sam Harrell said 5 times in today's lecture . I had this honor to attend his lecture today as he happened to stay in our hotel ,Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen , and invited me to come and listen to him.

Dr. Sam Harrell, a U.S Presidential economic advisory member, a leading specialist in semiconductor and international trade
, served as senior vice president of strategic business development for KLA Tencor from 1995 to 2002, when he retired from the semiconductor industry. He was one of the founders of SEMATECH and served as its senior vice president and chief strategy officer. From September 1987 to October 1992, Harrell was president of SEMI-SEMATECH, the consortium of equipment and materials suppliers.

Before listening to his speach , I would never imagine he will give us such unusual thinking. He broke down the difficult times into 4 symbols , bricks , books , human in presure and ladders.

He compared the present Financial crisis to 1929-1941 world economy depression, when one fourth of US familes in starvation, and millions of pwople unemployeed for years. He took out one piece of brick and share the story of his hometown. To make all the unemployeed people alive , the governor took his leadership ask all the people to involve themselves into brick and related work to get enough food and support. This is the first time he is expressing his 'people's willingness to help others if positively led'

Then he took out a book , told us that his wife and friends made great effort to collect one truck of books form neiboughhood to tranpsort a poor Mexican village to help the young generations , even 1 out of 100 young people is benefiting from this action , he is willing to do it . Education is the way to save the poor people , he claimed.

Human in pressure is really hard, he shared his ideas how to deal with difficult times within a company and the most inmportant point is , he stressed, to help the customer out of difficulties , otherwise you will not survive eventually.

The ladders, I was curious how is ladders doing here.
Here Dr. Harrell just wanted us to know to choose the right ladder for your life , success is not enough in life , significance is more important . The value of life is , he emphased again and agian that 'the people's willingness to help if positively led'. Maybe he is one to pratice the value to help other in the right way that makes a truly great mark in this society.

Thank you , Sam , I know yeaterday was your birthday , I want to say it again:

Happy birthday!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Rupert Murdoch , the global media giant , Happy Birthday!

Keith Rupert Murdoch

born 11 March, 1931

in Melbourne Victoria

His legendary story in Business and Media world can be a milestone of all . Here is the remarkable steps of him :

Rupert Murdoch returned from Oxford to become managing director of News Limited in 1953

began publishing Australia's first and most successful weekly television magazine, TV Week,In 1956

launched The Australian, Australia's first national daily newspaper , later in 1964

Murdoch expanded into Britain in 1968

The Sun entered the market in 1969

Murdoch made his first acquisition in the United States in 1973, when he purchased the San Antonio Express-News.

purchased the New York Post in 1976

Murdoch acquired The Times (and The Sunday Times)in 1981

Murdoch became a naturalized citizen in order to satisfy the legal requirement that only US citizens were permitted to own American television stations ,On September 4, 1985

Murdoch introduced electronic production processes to his newspapers in Australia, Britain and the United States. In 1986

Creating Sky Television in 1989

Murdoch acquired Star TV, a Hong Kong company founded by Richard Li (son of Li Ka-shing) for $1 billion ,In 1993

Murdoch launched the Fox News Channel to compete against Turner's CNN, In 1996

News Corp. bought Intermix Media Inc., which held MySpace.com and other popular social networking-themed websites for $580 million USD,On July 20, 2005

Murdoch made a $5 billion offer to purchase Dow Jones, owner of the Wall Street Journal,In May 2007

According to the 2008 Forbes 400, Murdoch is the 109th-richest person in the world, with a net worth of $8.3 billion.

What should I say? Salute! Happy Birthday!

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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

poem for golf

My friend sends me this poem , as he is a maniac for golf

In My Hand I Hold A Ball,
White And Dimpled, Rather Small.
Oh, How Bland It Does Appear,
This Harmless-Looking Little Sphere.

By Its Size I Could Not Guess,
The Awesome Strength It Does Possess.
But Since I Fell Beneath Its Spell,
I've Wandered Through The Fires Of Hell.

My Life Has Not Been Quite The Same,
Since I Chose To Play This Stupid Game.
It Rules My Mind For Hours On End,
A Fortune It Has Made Me Spend.

It has Made Me Yell, And Curse And Cry,
I Hate Myself And Want To Die.
It Promises A Thing Called Par,
If I Can Hit It Straight And Far.

To Master Such A Tiny Ball,
Should Not Be Very Hard At All.
But My Desires The Ball Refuses,
And Does Exactly As It Chooses.

It Hooks And Slices, Dribbles And Dies,
And Even Disappears Before My Eyes.
Often It Will Have A Whim,
To Hit A Tree Or Take A Swim.

With Miles Of Grass On Which To Land,
It Finds A Tiny Patch Of Sand.
Then It Has Me Offering Up My Soul,
If Only It Would Find The Hole.

It's Made Me Whimper Like A Pup,
And Swear That I Will Give It Up.
And Take To Drink To Ease My Sorrow,
But The Ball Knows ... I'll Be Back Tomorrow.

Stand proud you noble swingers of clubs and losers of balls....

A recent study found the average golfer walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study found golfers drink an average 22 gallons of
alcohol a year. Thus, on average, golfers get about 41 miles to the gallon.
Kind of makes you proud. Almost feel like a hybrid.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Stone Fair Xiamen 2009 , Biggest in Asia

Stone Fair Xiamen 2009 was over , four days (Mar6-9) were not long , but it gave a sign of boost to everyone in this financial crisis time. It also saved not only Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen but also the whole Xiamen business hotels from the low season ever since the Financial Crisis.
Xiamen sun warmed us up!

The sun appeared in Xiamen.
Not only the weather also the exhibition satisfied

This is not from Hemingway, this is from TURKISH NATURAL STONE WORLD Magazine commented on Xiamen Stone Fair.

In www.stonefair.org.cn, it is stated below so many good reasons for Xiamen to become' the capital of Stone'

Why Xiamen?
Xiamen - The Largest Stone Capital of the World
Xiamen's importance in China and in the World is unchallenged as transaction volume of Xiamen represents close to 60% of the whole Chinese natural stone market.
• Over 1000 trading companies and 6000 stone processing factories in its neighboring area;
• Cheap labor and declining import duty on blocks and finished stone products;
• Xiamen stone industry forms a whole supply chain combination. This combination has already begun to offer Chinese stone and a variety of overseas stone to the world;
1/3 containers exporting from Xiamen Port are Stone;
• Xiamen has been recognized as one of the most attractive cities owing to its excellent ports, charming landscape, perfect Sea-Air-Land traffic networks and service facilities.

Xiamen Stone Fair now becomes the biggest one in Asia , second in the world . The official report says since 2001 , the size of the Fair goes from 120 booths / 4000 square metres to 5000 booths / 90,000square metres. Let us see what is sparkling there in 2009 .

At the entrance , you can see one more sign in this year's exhibits, the Millennium Hotell Group sign. As Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen volunteered to offer free coffee to the traders for Fair , the logo was such a brilliant hit to the public.

Millennium Group is based in UK, and now has 5 hotels in China , Beijing , Wuxi, Qing dao , Shanghai and Xiamen.

The crowds are so interested in such a place for relax and chatting , you may see some real good business deals coming out of here .

Millennium Harbourview Hotel Xiamen is also getting more familiar to all the exhibitors and buyers , its refurblished shape is so shining to attractive

Some of the exhibitors are also make their own ways to show difference :

With Chinese traditional design , the shape and colour make all the way to its outstanding image

Framed with Chinese Red

This looks modern and cool

A corner of European style of art and life , extreme to simplicity

Another kind of color and a thrist for passion

the clearer , the better

Chant with the angel , the song awakes all the people , hope is around us to keep away from the Economy crisis

The beautiful girl extends the art of tea ceromony to a great imagination

the four days are unforgettable , it shows a big hope in the crisis time, and also naming Xiamen one of the top in world stone business Industry.

See you next Year! Definitely better!

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Friday, March 6, 2009

AXE Xiamen in Quanzhou and Chongwu

AXE! The Association for Xiamen Expatriates

offers a welcome packet for newly arrived Laowai members, and hosts monthly coffee meetings, sports activities, a book club, monthly shopping and cultural trips, and a monthly coffee to raise funds for UNICEF.

On Mar 3rd,2009 , the cultural trip was to Quan Zhou and Chong Wu.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

march 2, in hotel history

The Martha Washington Hotel is a hotel in New York City that opened on March 2,1903 as the first hotel exclusively for women. It is at 30 East 30, and originally had 416 rooms. As of 2003, the building still contains a hotel, which calls itself Hotel Thirty Thirty.

The Martha Washington Hotel, 29 E. 29th St. between Madison and Park Ave. South (1987)
The Martha Washington Hotel was built in 1902 (opened on 2 March 1903) as a hotel for women.
But (as the sign says) men could eat in the restaurant.
It had entrances at 29 East 29th and 30 East 30th, and had 416 rooms.
The current (August 2003) hotel in this building calls itself Hotel Thirty Thirty with its entrance at 30 E. 30th.
This ad for the Martha Washington appeared in the Hotel Gazette 31 July 1915. Click here for Manger Hotels ad (from 1933/4) that includes The Martha Washington. An earlier Manger ad (from 1925) mentions lower rates ($1.50 daily, with an extra 50 cents for the private bath). Things had changed dramatically by 1988 when this ad appeared in the New York Times.
The hotel no doubt housed many notables in its day. One was the actress Louise Brooks who, in 1924, after an "humiliating eviction" from the Algonquin Hotel, moved to the Martha Washington, "a respectable woman's hotel on East Twenty-ninth Street" (quoting Louise Brooks, Lulu in Hollywood, 1974). "The atmosphere of the Martha Washington Hotel was institutional. The women wore short hair, suits, and sensible shoes, and worked, I assumed, in offices." Louise was "assigned a cell under the roof," but she did not stay long: "I was asked to leave the Martha Washington, because people in a building overlooking the hotel had been shocked to see me on the roof, exercising in 'flimsy pajamas.'"
The New York Public Library's Digital Gallery contains a postcard of the Martha Washington mailed 4 April 1907 (click for image). The view is from the west (Madison Ave.). My view above is from the east (4th Ave.). This postcard view, like the NYPL image, is from the west.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Xiamen named the 4th most laid back City in China

China Media named the top six most hectic and top six most leisure cities in China. The selection criteria include hours of TV watching, number of fast food outlets, walking pace of pedestrians and shoppers, job-hopping frequency etc.

And the most laidback cities listed as:

1.Lijiang - the most romantic , Beautiful and laidback in China
2.Lhasa - Belief , simplicity
3.Chengdu - easy attitude to life
4.Xiamen - though not to compare the above three individually, Xiamen has all of them and friendly citizen
5.Harbin - I don't know why
6.Beijing - I know old Beijing , old Beijing people had great culture , maybe it is still lasting

the most hectic cities listed :
1.Hongkong - no one will question that
2.Suzhou - quite shocking , but maybe true , as it is growing very fast
3.Shenzhen - used to be the fastest city in China
4.Taipei - no idea , maybe
5.Guangzhou - true?
6.Shanghai - it is quite convincing

Xiamen is ranked 4th in the top six most laid back cities’ list.

The most hectic cities in China are Hong Kong, followed by Suzhou, Shenzhen, Taipei, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

The most laid back cities in China are Lijiang in Yunnan Province, followed by Lhasa, Chengdu, Xiamen, Harbin and Beijing.

Here is the review of the survey:

Xiamen review: Leisure pace of life keeps Xiamen in becoming one of the most laid back cities in China. Xiamen has great outdoor weather and beautiful terrain, and openness.

TV watching hours: Long; Xiamen locals especially the young generation are not willing to work outside the city and commute far, watching TV is part of their leisure life.

Fast food outlets: Not too many if sidewalk snacks are excluded.

Walking pace: Slow. Xiamen has the most suitable environment for wandering or taking a walk.

Alcohol consumption: Alcohol Culture in Xiamen is healthy, the locals regard alcohol as medicine rather than substance of intoxication, as old saying goes: alcohol equals to ginseng. Consumption is rational.

Work Timetable: Keep to the work routine, generally punctured.

Job-hopping frequency: Low; workers are more traditional and loyalty still exists

Physical exercise: Good; People have a lot of spare times.

Mobile Phone's contents: For work and social chating.

Marriage status: Old Chinese tradition; Just as Chinese old saying goes: A young man should get married on coming of age, and so should a young girl.


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