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2009-04-29 05:00:00

GUANGZHOU, China, April 29 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Visiting the Canton Fair this year, you might feel lost in the crowd. With hundreds of thousands of buyers, tens of thousands of suppliers, and hundreds of nationalities trading a wide variety of products, it might seem as though your only points of connection are pre-arranged online. But there are two things that link the Chinese Machinery salesman, the Saudi Arabian textile buyer, and the American conglomerate: they have the desire to...

2009-04-22 06:15:00

Archaeologists have unearthed four new temples in the Sinai peninsula, including one of mud brick with fortified walls that served as an important religious center at the eastern gateway to ancient Egypt, antiquities authorities announced Tuesday. "The discovery is considered among the biggest discoveries in Sinai and includes the largest fortified Pharaonic temple in Sinai, at 80 meters by 70 meters," Egypt's Supreme Council for Antiquities said in a statement. The temples date back to the...

2009-03-09 07:00:00

BEIJING, March 9 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- Colorme (Beijing) Info Tech Co., Ltd has began to R&D mobile game software for iPhone platform since the beginning of 2008. They focus on Chinese folk, entertainment and other type of games. Until now, they have about ten games on-line. Their games are popular with players from Europe, Southeast Asia, Asia, and America. Rattle Drum, one of the series of the Chinese traditional folk toys that is made by Colorme (Beijing) Info Tech Co., Ltd is...

2009-03-05 07:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- When Vice President Joe Biden brought his first Town Hall Meeting of the "Taskforce for the Middle Class and Working Families Green Meeting" to Philadelphia on February 27, our own Bruce Murray was there. In an interview with Dray Clark a reporter with CBS3 which was broadcast at noon, 5, and 11 PM, Murray explained that Aztec Solar Power is among the visionary local enterprises already involved in this transformation to a new Green economy. He went on...

2008-11-12 14:05:00

Archaeologists have uncovered 2,900-year-old earthenware pottery that ancient Phoenicians used to store the bones of their dead after burning the corpses. Lebanese and Spanish diggers said more than 100 jars were discovered at a Phoenician site in the southern coastal city of Tyre. Phoenicians are known to have thrived from 1500 B.C. to 300 B.C and they were also headquartered in the coastal area of present-day Syria. Ali Badawi, the archaeologist in charge in Tire, said the big jars are like...

2008-10-30 15:05:00

Studies have shown that as many as one in 17 men who currently live near the Mediterranean may be genetically linked to the ancient Phoenicians. Phoenicians resided in the region now known as Lebanon. Their greatest city, Carthage, was destroyed by the Romans centuries ago. Phoenician civilization was an enterprising maritime trading culture that spread across the Mediterranean between the periods of 1550 BC to 300 BC. The Phoenicians' most notable contributions are the alphabet and a love of...

2008-09-17 12:00:30

Continued engagement with China provides a measure of much needed stability in a volatile economy, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) said today. The completion of the latest meeting of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) saw further incremental progress on key issues, USCBC President John Frisbie said, and reaffirmed the importance of the US's trading relationship with China. "This is the most important economic relationship that the United States will have in...

2008-08-12 06:00:49

By Ted C. Fishman P eople in my home town, Chicago, are watching the Beijing Olympics carefully. Like everyone I've talked to, I'm dazzled. I also hope China does well in the Games because, as a frequent visitor to China, I know how much the Games mean to my friends there. Chicago is vying to host the Summer Games in 2016. What on earth could Chicago do to top the $50 billion party the Chinese government is throwing? With the thousands of rhythmic humans and the greatest fireworks...

2008-08-03 12:00:25

By Ken McLaughlin and Linda Goldston, San Jose Mercury News, Calif. Aug. 3--Amelia Lam, a 36-year-old teacher's assistant, emigrated from Hong Kong to San Jose five years ago. When she talks about how proud she is that China is hosting the Summer Olympics, she almost glows. For Cher Fu of Santa Clara, all the hype about the Games is a daily reminder of her family's nightmare. Three years ago, she says, her parents were thrown into a Chinese forced-labor camp, tortured and brainwashed....

2008-08-03 12:00:13

By Andrew Jacobs Juliet Macur contributed reporting. * The Chinese authorities, bowing to criticism from Olympic officials, foreign journalists and Western political leaders, have lifted some of the restrictions that blocked Web sites at the main press center for the Summer Games, although other politically sensitive sites remained inaccessible Friday. The government made no announcement about the partial lifting of its fire wall and it was unclear if the change would be temporary....

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'