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2009-01-13 10:20:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- American Oriental Bioengineering, Inc. (NYSE: AOB) ("AOBO" or "the Company"), a leading marketer, distributor and manufacturer of pharmaceutical and healthcare products in China, today announced that the PRC government, led by the Ministry of Science and Technology of China, the Ministry of Finance and the State Administration of Taxation, jointly granted three of the company's subsidiaries, Heilongjiang Songhuajiang Pharmaceutical Co.,...

2008-12-14 18:01:58

China began construction Sunday on the world's longest cable-stayed viaduct, spanning the Qiantang River, officials said. Scheduled for completion by 2012, the viaduct is expected to set a world record for length at 1.67 miles. The record is held currently by the French Millau bridge, at just over 1.5 miles. The Jiaxing-Shaoxing bridge will have six piers supporting an 8-lane roadway. It will become a section on the national highway linking Shenyang with Haikou, capital of southernmost...

2008-12-01 05:08:00

SINGAPORE, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-Asia-FirstCall/ -- China Yuchai International Limited (NYSE: CYD) ("China Yuchai" or the "Company"), announced today that it expected its unaudited net income for 2007 to fall within the range of RMB 500 million and RMB 555 million. The Company's unaudited earnings per share range between RMB 13.41 and RMB 14.89. In 2006, the Company achieved audited net income of RMB 111.3 million, or RMB 2.99 earnings per share. As of December 31, 2007, a total of...

2008-11-11 09:00:00

TORONTO, Nov. 11, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aspire International, Inc.'s ("Aspire" or the "Company") (OTCBB:APIT) wholly owned subsidiary, Aspire GuangXi, announced today that the Company has signed a mining subcontract management agreement with GuangXi WuXuan GuangDa Mining Company Limited (GuangXi GuangDa) to develop the GuangXi FangCheng Pingwang Nawang Manganese mining property. The GuangXi FangCheng Pingwang Nawang manganese mining property currently has a total area of 21.3km(2)....

2008-11-04 09:00:00

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2008 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Aspire International, Inc's. ("Aspire" or the "Company") (OTCBB:APIT) has hired Chan Hoi Ming to establish and lead the mining operations and business development operations of its wholly owned subsidiary Aspire (GuangXi) Inc. in China. Chan Hoi Ming has over 18 years of professional experience as a successful Chinese Entrepreneur focusing on property investment and management. Ming brings to his position of President of Aspire (GuangXi) Inc....

2008-10-07 09:00:40

Large molybdenum mine find in south China HAIKOU, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- A large field containing rich deposits of rare molybdenum has been found in south China's island province of Hainan, local authorities said here. Molybdenum is a hard, silvery mineral mainly used in toughening alloy steels and softening tungsten alloys. It is used in aviation, construction and military material manufacturing industries. The proven reserves of the mine in Baoting County are estimated at254,000 tons...

2008-10-06 09:00:39

South China region aims high in aluminum industry NANNING, Oct. 4 (Xinhua) -- South China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region plans to turn its Bose City into an aluminum industrial base in the country or even in Asia by 2010, according to regional government officials. The region plans to realize an annual output value of 100 billion yuan (about 14.7 billion U.S. dollars) from the aluminum industry in Bose by 2010, local officials said at a recent conference. By then, Bose city will...

2008-10-06 06:00:29

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "Large Molybdenum Mine Find in South China"] HAIKOU, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) - A large field containing rich deposits of rare molybdenum has been found in south China's island province of Hainan, local authorities said here. Molybdenum is a hard, silvery mineral mainly used in toughening alloy steels and softening tungsten alloys. It is used in aviation, construction and military material...

2008-10-05 12:00:13

Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Report by Li Bin: "Wen Jiabao Inspects Guangxi, Calls for Firm Confidence, Solid Work, Maintaining Steady, Quite Fast Economic Growth"] Nanning, 5 Oct (Xinhua) - Wen Jiabao, who is a Member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party and Premier of the State Council, stressed while inspecting Guangxi recently that this year, China has overcome...

2008-09-25 09:00:48

New CNPC oil refinery to start up in December, serve SW China NANNING, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's largest oil producer, China National Petroleum Corp. (CNPC), will start up a 10-million-ton oil refinery in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in December, a step to relieve tight energy supply in southwest China, the regional governor said on Wednesday. Work on the plant, costing more than 15 billion yuan (2.2 billion U.S. dollars), was launched at the end of 2006 in the...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'