A short historical film of the United Arab Emirates by Journeyman Pictures, which covers the economic development of the Middle East nation since the 1950s – from pearling, oil discovery, to trading, tourism, properties and luxuries etc…
One thing that I’ve learnt from my Hong Kong trip… apparently Hong Kong Dollar banknotes are issued by three different commercial banks, each with their own design, but with similar size and colour scheme for the same value note.
The three commercial banks are the Bank of China, the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, and the Standard Chartered Bank – all under the governance of the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) which also issues banknotes itself.
Banknotes are issued solely by the central bank in most nations – some with the coins handled by another agency. Hong Kong’s system is presumably adapted from UK, with the Pound Sterling being issued by seven banks beside the Bank of England.
Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan Motor has won a US$1bn (est.) contract to provide the next generation of New York’s iconic yellow taxicab.
Based on Nissan NV200 design, the new NYC taxi, to be introduced in 2013, will have power outlets to plug in phones and laptops; a transparent roof for city views; exterior lights that warn cyclists and pedestrians about opening doors; airbags for passengers; and custom climate controls for each seat (what’s that?).
The Nissan minivan is also said to be very fuel-efficient. And perhaps the most important of all, it’s the cheapest among the three finalists in the billion dollar bid.
In the lawsuit that was filed last Friday, Apple claimed that “When a Samsung Galaxy phone is used in public, there can be little doubt that it would be viewed as an Apple product based upon the design alone…”
I have to agree with Apple’s statement, Galaxy products do resemble Apple’s at first glance. However, it’s not necessary the case from a close look, and in a design copyright lawsuit every details matter instead of just a first impression.
Apple should know the facts well, so it’s probably just a business gimmick to halt the growth of Samsung Galaxy, one of its fiercest competitors (though still trailing far behind) in the smartphone and tablet computer markets.
[Update] Samsung is suing Apple for violating its patent rights in return lol.
There are 421 million who people who are living in poverty in eight north India states of Bihar, Chattisgarh, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal according to recent Oxford’s Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) – more than in the poorest 26 African countries combined (421M).
It doesn’t mean that India is poorer than those African nations (with many of them living in ‘extreme’ poverty) – the MPI is a bit complicated to begin with – but it does reflect the sad fact behind the world’s second most populated country.
I remember watching a heart-wrenching Chinese documentary, where some villagers from rural China are all-smile after selling their produce for RMB4000 (~USD590), the annual income for the entire village of about 100 households. Still, it’s not disastrous for a farming community where most basic needs are self sustainable, I can only imagine things being worse in some other places.