MOON FESTIVAL – ORIGINS IN HISTORY

The Moon festival

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Moon cakes are eaten throughout the year in some Chinese cities during the Festivities

moon-cake-6
moon-cake-6

Called the Moon cake or Mid-Autumn festival falls on August / September each year. The precise time is announced yearly by Chinese Geomancy experts and varies each year.

What is the Moon festival? Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate “zhong qiu jie.”

Children are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon”s shadowed surface.

 

The legend surrounding the “lady living in the moon” dates back to historic times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky.

The Emperor ordered a famous archer to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, the Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal.

However, his wife found the pill, took it, and was banished to the moon as a result. Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival.

 

Other Moon Festival Legends

Tales and Fables in historic China

 

moon cakes

 

According to this legend, there was a “Man in the Moon” and was seen at on earth carrying a writing tablet.

When questioned, he said he was recording the names of all the happy couples who were fated to marry and live happily forever after.

As a result today, just as June is the traditional month for exchanging nuptials in the west, many Chinese weddings are held during the eighth lunar month, with the fifteenth day being the most popular.

Of course, the most famous legend surrounding the Moon festival coincides with the most important event in Chinese history: The MONGOLS INVASION

fruit-platter
fruit-platter

Overrun by the Mongols in the thirteenth century, the Chinese threw off their oppressors in 1368 AD.

It also is believed that moon cakes – which the Mongols did not eat – were the perfect vehicle for hiding and passing along plans for the rebellion. Families were instructed not to eat the moon cakes until the day of the moon festival, which is when the rebellion took place. (In another version plans were passed along in moon cakes over several years of Mid-Autumn festivals, but the basic idea is the same).

The moon festival is a special way to celebrate the Mid-Autumn harvest moon.

moon cakes

 

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NICE AIRPORT SOUTH OF FRANCE

HOW TO REST AT NICE AIRPORT

When you leave from Nice South Of France ‘s ‘Aeroport de Nice’ you will not have same facilities like on other International Airports around the world.

 

Nice is a smaller Airport with little to do except sipping a coffee or having a croissant at Du Paul s outlet in the Waiting area after Security.

We were fortunate to spend some few minutes at the Library VIP Lounge which is located in the middle floor section, accessible from the waiting area Terminal 1.

Location can be found here :

https://goo.gl/uGi4A4

The Lounge is generally well stocked with food items and snacks, sandwiches, it has a good Coffee machine ( Be careful – boiling water ).

As every Lounge, seating arrangements are as comfortable as expected.

As a Google Local guide I create reviews with some added photos . It appeared I was the first member to have mentioned the existence of the Lounge.

 

Nice library lounge
Nice library lounge

 

Nice library lounge
Nice library lounge

 

Nice library lounge
Nice library lounge

 

Nice library lounge
Nice library lounge

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ABOUT BECOMING A GOOGLE LOCAL GUIDE LEVEL 7

HOW DOES ONE BECOME A GOOGLE LOCAL GUIDE LEVEL 7

BEFORE EVERYTHING : IT SEEMS LIKE HARD WORK.

google local guide
google local guide

IT ALL STARTS WITH GOOGLE MAPS.

YOU DRIVE TO A PUBLIC PLACE AND ASK GOOGLE MAP ‘S GPS SYSTEM TO DIRECT YOU.

THEIR SERVER WILL REGISTER YOUR ENTRY AND SEARCH TERM ( LOCATION HISTORY ON ).

REMEMBER THOUGH – YOU CAN’T HIDE ANYTHING FROM GOOGLE – THEY KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AT ANY GIVEN DAY AND TIME.

Google Local guide
Google Local guide Level 7

GOOGLE KNOWS WHERE YOU ARE

SO IF YOU ARE NOT UP TO IT – YOU BETTER LEAVE THE SERVICE THEN AND THERE – ( EVEN IF YOU DO – GOOGLE STILL KNOWS )

YOU WILL RECEIVE A MAIL FROM GOOGLE, ASKING YOU TO ADD A PICTURE OR MAKE A REVIEW ABOUT THE PLACE YOU VISITED.

Turnerwirt Salzburg
Turnerwirt Salzburg

ONCE YOU ARE IN IT IT WILL CONTINUE. NOW MANY WILL THINK I DON’T WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SCHEME.

GOOGLE HAS TENS OF THOUSAND OTHER GUIDES, LIKE AN ARMY ON STAND BY.

YOU USE THIS POWERFUL FEATURE TO YOUR ADVANTAGE. THERE ARE MANY – PROVIDED YOU KNOW HOW.

Capitol Accra
Capitol Accra

HOW TO DRAW BENEFITS FROM BEING A LOCAL GUIDE

Now many of you will ask : How will I use this to my advantage. Let me tell you – there is a secret behind it. If you need more info, please send us an email or message us on the attached comment page.

We will pass on this powerful info under certain conditions. Can’t see the green light in the tunnel ? Not yet that is.

 

Fela Kuti
Fela Kuti

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ALSO, LOCAL GUIDES ARE NOT REMUNERATED BY GOOGLE, SO IT TAKES HARD EARNED DOLLARS TO STAY AT A GIVEN PLACE OR DINE AT A POSH RESTAURANT OR NOT SO POSH.

IN OUR FEW YEARS I HAVE MADE PEOPLE RICH NAMELY BY GIVING A REVIEW. ( WE ARE HITTING A 100 K VIEWERS TO OUR POSTS )

SURELY THIS IS SOMETHING WORTHY TO THINK ABOUT.

BRUGHIERA WEST
BRUGHIERA WEST

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THE BITCOIN HYPE

THE BEST – SO FAR EXPLANATION VIDEO – ABOUT BITCOIN

cont. I have come across YOU CAN FIND HERE.

This does imply there aren’t any better videos or such out there. I just haven’t come across any other yet.

It ‘s self explanatory and precisely presented by experts. It will give you the insight needed to understand what is BITCOIN mining, how transactions take place in the virtual world.

Except for one important factor – it leaves behind winners. Or so we believe – or are made to believe. Cryptocurrencies are now in our daily lives, you can pay online with it, use it to travel just as you would do with regular currencies.

ADVANTAGES OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES

  • You have no cash wallet to carry
  • If you are smart you can get some for free ( mining )
  • You could actually become a Millionaire

DISADVANTAGES OF CRYPTOCURRENCIES

  • You could loose your shirt
  • You could be a victim of hacking
  • When you need it suddenly you can ‘t sell it

 

BY CLICKING THE IMAGE BELOW YOU WILL BE TAKEN TO THE VIDEO 

 

cryptocurrencies
cryptocurrencies

 

 

 

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MALI OVERTAKES BURKINA FASO IN COTTON PRODUCTION

Mali De-thrones Burkina Faso in cotton production

Within sub-Saharan Africa Mali is now the 1st grower of Cotton. This was established by U.S.A.I.D. in a recent study. 

Malian cotton field
Malian cotton field

With the cotton harvest season over, Mali is becoming the largest producer in sub-Saharan Africa, according to information relayed by the Malian Textile Development Company (CMDT), citing the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).  

The West African Nation of Mali is dethroning Burkina Faso, which was the leading producer the past years.

According to the USDA, the overall cotton harvest of Mali, Burkina Faso, Chad and Senegal reached 2.95 million tonnes in the 2017 crop year, registering a slight increase of 2.75% over the last season. This performance will be mainly driven by Mali and Burkina Faso, which account for 94% of total production, with a slight advantage for Mali, whose production has continued to grow in recent years.
  
According to the CMDT and the Permanent Assembly of the Chambers of Agriculture of Mali (APCAM), Mali this year has achieved a record production of nearly 706,000 tons of cotton seed, against a target of 725,000 tons.

With 1.330 million bales of lint cotton, or 90000 bales more than last year, Mali has regained its position as the leading producer in sub-Saharan Africa, taken by Burkina Faso in recent years.

According to observers, this performance is the culmination of the many reforms led by the Malian government to raise this sector.

In particular, the executive maintained its program of fertilizer subsidies and the purchase of farm tractors by producers. “The successful implementation of the presidential program of 1,000 government-subsidized tractors and the subsidies allocated for access to agricultural inputs have boosted all agricultural sectors in Mali in the last two years,” said Bakary Togola, president of APCAM.

It was during the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Consular Assembly of this organization. The Malian authorities have also raised the guaranteed price to producers at 250 F CFA ($ 0.46) per kg during the 2016-2017-2018 marketing years, compared to 237.5 F CFA (0.43dollar / kg) previously fixed.

CMDT Cotton Development board of Mali s management explained that the increase in production is also the result of the success of a restructuring mission of the cotton sector.

This resulted in the creation of the four subsidiaries, with the release of their needed capital, the participation of the producers, up to 20% in the capital of the subsidiaries for an amount of more than CFAF 10 billion, or about 18.2 million US dollars.

“Mali has come a long way, after the multi-dimensional crisis of 2012 that affected all sectors of the state. Thus, for the happiness of the peasants, the Malian State has allocated 15% of the national budget to rural development. This move was a wise investment, since agriculture employs more than 80% of Mali s population, “according to a statement of Nango Dembélé, Malian Minister of Agriculture, at a press briefing recently.

 

Low added value

The same problem like in other African Cotton growing States, for some technocrats and anti-globalists like Aminata Dramane Traore, is that Mali derives very little added value from this abundant production, because it still can not meet the challenge of transformation. “Malian cotton is known for its extreme quality.

And its conversion could have offered products of incomparable quality, “said Anadolu Mariétou Mariette Dicko, fashion designer with her trademark” Traditions and African Fashion “. To his credit, the promotion of bogolan (artisanal dyeing on cotton fabrics) in African and international fashion. “Unfortunately, the country is struggling to exploit this economic potential, which could make it one of the most advanced African countries in fashion and haute couture,” she said. “The men and women of the country who advocate for the development of textiles are not supported properly by the government.

This makes the profitability of the cotton sector dependent on world prices, “denounced the stylist. “Only 2% of Mali’s cotton production is processed locally,” said Ms. Awa Meité van Til at the eighth edition of the Daoulaba Festival which took place in May 2017 in Koulikoro, about fifty km from Bamako. “For these two campaigns (2016-2017 / 2017-2018) the CMDT has broken its production records.

With such a level of production, it is deplorable to note that less than 2% of this cotton is processed in Mali, “also recognized the CEO of the CMDT, Baba Berthé, at the press conference launching this 8th edition . “We want to move in the direction of industrial processing of our cotton.

This is where we will have added value and development, “he said. During the 2013 crop year alone, the CMDT paid the State CFA 13.01 billion (US $ 23,661,820.00) in taxes and about CFAF 1 billion (US $ 1,820,000) in dividends to the Treasury. public.

The CMDT contributes to food sovereignty with 25% of the national dry cereal production in its intervention zones. The cotton sector plays a leading role in Mali’s economy. Mali’s leading export product, “white gold” accounts for 15% of GDP, 30 to 45% of export earnings and occupies more than 3 million people in small farms. Not to mention its contribution to the development of livestock (livestock feed) and the empowerment of women with income-generating activities such as oil mills and artisanal soap factories.

Despite this socio-economic and political importance, the sector had experienced a downward trend in yields and run-off difficulties. To maintain this new course, experts like Bakary Togola, president of APCAM believe that strategies need to be further strengthened through initiatives to overcome the challenges related to.

With 1.330 million bales of cotton lint, or 90000 bales more than last year, Mali has regained its position as the leading producer in sub-Saharan Africa, taken by Burkina Faso in recent years.

Observers noted, the performance is the culmination of the many reforms led by the Malian government to raise this sector. In particular, the executive maintained its program of fertilizer subsidies and the purchase of farm tractors by producers.

The successful implementation of the presidential program of 1,000 government-subsidized tractors and the subsidies allocated for access to agricultural inputs have boosted all agricultural sectors in Mali in the last two years,” said Bakary Togola, president of APCAM. It was during the 52nd Ordinary Session of the Consular Assembly of this organization.

The Malian authorities have also raised the guaranteed producer price to 250 F CFA ($ 0.46) per kilogram during the 2016-2017-2018 marketing years, compared to 237.5 CFA francs (0.43dollar / kg) previously fixed.
 

According to a summary note from CMDT management, the increase in production is also the result of the success of a restructuring mission of the cotton sector.

This resulted, in particular, in the creation of the four subsidiaries, with the release of their respective capital, the participation of the producers, up to 20% in the capital of the subsidiaries for an amount of more than CFAF 10 billion, or about 18.2 million US dollars.

“Mali has come a long way, after the multi-dimensional crisis of 2012 that affected all sectors of the state. Thus, for the happiness of the peasants, the Malian State has allocated 15% of the national budget to rural development. A wise investment, since agriculture occupies more than 80% of the population, “said Nango Dembélé, the Malian Minister of Agriculture, at a press briefing on the results of the recent agricultural campaign.

“Malian cotton is known for its extreme quality. And its transformation could have offered products of incomparable quality, “said Anadolu Mariétou Mariette Dicko, fashion designer with her trademark” Traditions and African Fashion “.

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