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3 days ago

Pictures of the year 2010



2010? 12? 9? Thursday



Isabel Carcamo, daughter of Miguel Carcamo, faints during the funeral of her father in El Guante, September 2, 2010. Miguel Carcamo, 43, the father of four children, travelled illegally for the first time to the U.S. on August 3. According to Honduras' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carcamo was one of 21 Honduran immigrants murdered and identified so far at Tamaulipas, Mexico, where a series of firefights with drug gang members have...more



2010? 12? 9? Thursday

Isabel Carcamo, daughter of Miguel Carcamo, faints during the funeral of her father in El Guante, September 2, 2010. Miguel Carcamo, 43, the father of four children, travelled illegally for the first time to the U.S. on August 3. According to Honduras' Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Carcamo was one of 21 Honduran immigrants murdered and identified so far at Tamaulipas, Mexico, where a series of firefights with drug gang members have occurred. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

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4 days ago

Travel Tips :: Why It Makes Sense To Rent A Car With Driver In Beijing

I and my colleague were in Beijing for a business trip last month, it was the first time I was in the city, we had to attend a 3-day trade show, a seminar organized by a government agency, and visit 4 customers, the schedule is very tight. I had planned a 7 day stay, and I hoped to have some sightseeing after business in the last two days.

After I booked the flights and hotel, I started to plan my ground transportation; I was thinking to rent a car and drive around, but this did not turn out to be so easy in China.

First I searched for Beijing branch of major international car rental companies, I first tried on the website of Hertz, to my surprise, the largest car rental company did not offer any car rental service in China. Then I tried SIXT, the car rental company I often used in Europe, again I was disappointed, SIXT has only 3 pickup locations in Beijing, and only one model to offer, the price is also very high, and I can not pick up and return the car at airport.

Then I made some searches on Google for the local companies, with the keywords "Beijing car rental", unfortunately most of the results returned are Western companies who do not operate in China at all.

Just before I was about to give up, I ran into the website of a Beijing company that offers chauffeur and limousine services, it does not let you rent the car and drive for yourself, it only provides car with a driver, you pay the rent for the car and driver as one package. This seemed fine for me, so I checked out the price, the price was good, in Western countries limousine service is usually much more expensive than car rental, but in China there is no much difference, I guess it's because of the low wage, then I talked to their online service guy and made reservation online.

This limousine service turned out to be perfect, we used 2 airport transfers and 6 days of rental, the car model we selected was a Buick mini-van, it was very spacy and had a high roof, we could pack all our luggage including some samples for the show easily yet had enough space to stretch legs, the total cost for all these rental and services were only USD 940.

After chatting with someone in the limousine company we realized why limousine service can be the best choice for ground transportation for foreign travelers:

First, for some policy reason, the international car rental companies are not able to offer extensive rental service in Chinese cities yet;

Second, it is extremely difficult for a foreigner to drive in Beijing roads, the roads are always congested, some drivers are wild if not crazy (as we have witnessed), and cars for rent do not have GSP system in English;

Third, going around by taxi is not easy for a foreigner too, as very few taxi drivers can understand English;

Fourth but also importantly, limousine service is cheap in China, so why bother to drive yourself while a professional can do it for you?

For all these reasons I'd suggest foreign business travelers to use limousine service in Beijing, or car rental with driver ---- I'm not sure how to call it as the cars are usually not stretch limo but regular sedans---- it is fast, efficient, and affordable, there is a little price to pay comparing with taxi, but it buys a lot of time and peace of mind.





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6 days ago

A Day Trip to Shirakawa-go

Shirakawa-go is one of the most beautiful places in Japan. Located in the outskirts of Gifu Prefecture, the historic village is renowned for its thatched houses, or gassho-zukuri. It has been widely featured in postcards and souvenir items. It is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, along with its neighboring region Gokayama.[1]

The steep thatched roof of the houses looks like two hands in prayer position. Its ingenious design has withstood harsh weather conditions. The interior is spacious and can accommodate big families. Houses can reach up to four storeys high. The houses are able to adapt to the environment. They are cool in the summer and warm in the winter.[2] They use a fi

7 days ago

Airport Guide: New York JFK (Transportation, Food, Layovers, More)

For years, the city that likes to refer to itself as the greatest in the world harbored a not-so-secret-shame: one of the worst airports, ever. Well, maybe not quite, but up until recent times, New York-JFK was, let's be honest, little more than a necessary evil, a dysfunctional relic best avoided.

Somewhere along the line, the airport decided to clean up its act. Today's JFK is by most measures reformed, with shiny (if rather utilitarian) new terminals, good transit links, improved services and other bells and whistles that make your time here as close to painless as it's ever going to get. Here, our little guide to the big beast.

New York is famous for its transit network, a

1 week ago

Armed robbery (bank robbery, ATM attacks and CIT heists) as part of current Violent Crime in South Africa.

1. INTRODUCTION

Armed robberies are topical and receive daily media coverage due to

the extent of violence used during such incidents and the cost

implications of the crime. The media accounts in newspapers not only to

the general public but also to the offenders. (1) Offenders are provided

with insight into future precautionary acts to safeguard themselves

during the criminal act. Others will use the obtained information to

'copycat' criminal actions. An example is the different modus

operandi used by different groups of offenders when committing attacks

on automatic teller machines (ATMs)

2 weeks ago

Press release distribution, EDGAR filing, XBRL, regulatory filings

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2 weeks ago

Medical Companies Use Excel - Style Medical Spreadsheets Online by Jim Peterson

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