Black Pottery Made in Chiping, China: A Magic Art that Spans Thousands of Years

LIAOCHENG, China, Nov. 16, 2022 /Xinhua-AsiaNet/–

The craft of pottery is a major marker of human civilization.

Over the last three decades, Chinese archaeologists have undertaken four excavations at the Longshan Culture Site in Jiaochangpu, Chiping, where a variety of almost 1,000 pieces of pottery, stone and bone relics have been unearthed. Among them, the three pottery kilns excavated in 2001 remain the most complete cluster of Longshan Culture in China, constituting a valuable source of cultural relics for research into the socio-economic patterns of that period.

Research by archaeologists has found that the abundant black potteries treasured in the Chiping District Museum in Liaocheng City, Shandong Province, were produced some 4,000 to 5,000 years ago during the Longshan Culture Period. They are elegant in shape, simple in pattern and mysterious in origin.

The raw material of Chiping Black Pottery is the pure and delicate red clay soil beneath the unique riverbed of the Yellow River. Chiping Black Pottery is fired in an age-old Sealing-Smoking-Carburizing process after first undergoing numerous steps including manual washing, jiggering, drying, trimming, calendering, engraving and polishing. As the color black has a mysterious and elegant meaning, Chiping Black Pottery is aesthetically pleasing.

To inherit and develop such a Chinese treasure as black pottery, Chiping Black Pottery makers have, since the mid-1990s, dedicated themselves to examining the techniques of the black pottery craft, enabling the establishment of the Liaocheng Black Pottery Academy followed by the Chiping Taoyuan Black Pottery Art Co., Ltd. The distinctive Chiping Black Pottery is known for its hollowed-out high relief. Ingeniously designed and finely crafted, featuring graceful shapes and a universal pattern language, it is of great value in the eyes of artists and collectors.

Source: Information Office of the Chiping County People’s Government

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New government of St Kitts and Nevis ready to usher in new sense of cooperation and good governance, hints at changes to the country’s CBI programme

Basseterre, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — St Kitts and Nevis welcomed a new government in August and the new administration, led by Dr Terrance Drew, is ready and determined to usher in a new sense of cooperation, good governance, and transparency – starting with steps to improve the country’s long-standing citizenship by investment (CBI) programme.

In his address on Tuesday, 15 November, marking his first 100 days in office, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew provided insight into the focus areas for the CBI changes, which he gave to the citizens of St Kitts and Nevis at an event held earlier today in the country’s capital Basseterre.

Since winning the snap election on 5 August, Prime Minister Dr Terrance Drew has been working tirelessly for the overall development of St Kitts and Nevis and has undertaken various initiatives including the formation of a committee to combat corruption.

The new administration has presented plans for the advancement of the twin-island nation, outlining steps that will pave the way to improving the lives of its people. A large part of these plans is funded by the CBI programme which has secured foreign direct investment into the nation for nearly 40 years since it is independence.

“Our government has been relentless in our pursuit to strengthen and improve our Citizenship by Investment programme, for enhanced sustainability within a framework of integrity. We have held productive discussions with local developers and international investors alike,” said Prime Minister Drew.

“There will be much stronger oversight and leadership in the CBI Unit by a new CBI Board and Technical Committee. I will announce the detailed changes at our upcoming press conference, but I want to be absolutely clear, that our evolved CBI programme will be run with the utmost transparency.”

To help progress the economy, Prime Minister Drew highlighted that more oversight would ensure that the people of St Kitts and Nevis would also benefit from the CBI programme as it was intended. Plans are in place to support women in sectors like construction, to provide more support to small businesses, and to review opportunities for the development of the renewable energy sector, the processing of fish, as well as packaging and exports.

With promises to improve health care, provide more affordable housing and access to better education – Prime Minister Drew understands that all this will be underpinned by a stronger economy.

Speaking at the event Prime Minister Drew said that while the nation has been the benchmark of citizenship by investment value proposition, the new administration understands that in order to remain one of the most sought-after economic citizenship programmes in the world, it needs to evolve and forge a new path for itself and the industry as it responds to a changing demographic.

Through ongoing consultations with all stakeholders during the exploratory phase, the new government aims to have regular engagement with local and international stakeholders in the programme to ensure it meets their salient needs.

Prime Minister Drew also emphasised how his government is on a journey to bring clarity to locals and international investors through constant transparency and integrity. “Our ongoing work to strengthen this programme and the system must result in prosperity for all.”

Consultations with stakeholders have led to the development of committees to supervise the process and implement strengthened legislative and administrative structures to prevent “underselling” and ensure that real estate projects funded by the CBI programme are completed.

The government’s plan is to maintain a progressive programme that cements St Kitts and Nevis’ place as a leader in the CBI Industry.

The government is also seeking out reliable and trustworthy developers who are ready to put capital behind creative and strong projects that will enhance St Kitts and Nevis’ CBI offering.

St Kitts and Nevis holds the oldest citizenship by investment programme in the world – established in 1984, the programme currently allows investors to gain second citizenship by donating to a government fund or by investing in real estate.

The government fund channels investment to projects that will uplift the country and has enabled, in part, sectors such as health, education, tourism, business, and agriculture to flourish.

PR St Kitts and Nevis
Government of St. Kitts and Nevis
mildred.thabane@csglobalpartners.com

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New High-Yielding Perennial Rice Sees Sustainability Success Catalyzed by Global Collaboration and Knowledge Sharing Approach

Salina, Kansas, USA, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Over 70% of the food calories that feed humanity come from annual grain crops, which occupy 60–80% of global croplands. But annual grain dominance may be changing. A study in the journal Nature Sustainability reports that a new high-yielding, long-lived perennial rice with significant environmental, economic, and social sustainability impacts is now being grown in Southeast Asia and parts of Africa.

Researchers in China’s Yunnan Province developed perennial rice in a relatively short two-decade timeframe, achieving comparable yields to annual rice varieties. They were supported with scientific expertise and seed funding from Kansas-based nonprofit The Land Institute and a global network of researchers.

“I congratulate the authors for delivering one of the most important reports in modern agriculture,” says National Geographic Society Explorer Jerry Glover, whose work has focused on developing and using perennial crops. “I believe this report will catalyze a generation of new discoveries by scientists who have not yet been involved in pursuing perennial traits in staple grain crops. This research marks a distinct new line of possibilities for global food production from the nearly 10,000-year single-track reliance on annual grain crops.”

Rice feeds 4 billion people and is the grain most consumed by humans, and is the third largest cereal grain crop after corn and wheat worldwide in metric tons. But annual grain agriculture comes at an ecological and economic cost, compromising ecosystems and forcing ever-higher inputs of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, fossil fuel energy, and labor to maintain yields. The growing perennial grain agriculture movement is shifting this paradigm to address some of the food system’s most pressing challenges.

“Since perennial rice can produce yields over eight consecutive harvests similar to annual rice, this is direct evidence that developing perennial versions of grain crops is feasible,” says Lee DeHaan, Director of Crop Improvement and Lead Scientist of the Kernza® Domestication Program at The Land Institute. “This evidence provides a clear reason to vastly increase research investment in ongoing work to develop perennial versions of crops like wheat and sorghum.”

Senior author Fengyi Hu and Dayun Tao began working with co-author Erik Sacks to develop perennial rice in 1999 in a collaboration between the Yunnan Academy of Agricultural Sciences (YAAS) and the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). Hearing of the IRRI project, The Land Institute invited Sacks to present his research in 2005. This connection eventually led to Hu and the YAAS team partnering with the perennial grain breeding experts at The Land Institute in 2007 to help jumpstart the development of a promising wide hybrid cross between annual, cultivated rice and a perennial rice cousin from Africa. Inspired by the potential for Hu’s research to develop upland perennial rice, given the catastrophic soil erosion in the hilly regions of Southeast Asia, The Land Institute provided critical funding, technical support, and mentoring and helped expand a network of global peer researchers. The University of Illinois, Yunnan University, and the University of Queensland soon joined the effort.

“The success of Dr. Hu’s group is a wonderful example of how an international network of researchers can help support, advise and advance an amazing and important achievement,” says co-author Tim Crews, The Land Institute’s Chief Scientist and International Program Director. “At The Land Institute, we are intent on working with more research groups worldwide to build on the successes of Hu and others in the perennialization of grain agriculture.”

“Almost yearly since 2009, we’ve held workshops in Yunnan, China, on perennial rice and perennial grain crops, inviting international experts, including African and U.S. rice breeders, sustainable ag researchers, international ag development leaders, and more. This sharing of ideas and building an international network of collaborators has proven invaluable for accelerating progress and achieving success on perennial grains,” says Sacks, professor in the Department of Crop Sciences, part of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois.

The research shows that perennial rice crops have advantages over annual rice crops:

  • Long-Lived Production: Perennial rice produced grain for eight consecutive harvests over four years from a single planting
  • Comparable High Yields: Average perennial rice yields were equivalent to annual rice, with 6.8 Mg ha-1 harvest-1 of perennial rice versus 6.7 Mg ha-1 harvest-1 of replanted annual rice for each perennial rice regrowth cycle
  • Significant Carbon Sequestration: By switching from annual to perennial rice, soils accumulated almost a ton of organic carbon per hectare per year, 0.81 Mg organic carbon ha-1 yr-1
  • Labor and Inputs Savings: Farmers used nearly 60% less labor and spent almost 50% less on seed, fertilizer, and other inputs for perennial rice than annual rice
  • Improved Farmer Livelihoods: Farmer profits from perennial rice ranged from 17% to 161% above annual rice

“Interest in developing and testing perennial grain cultivars has grown exponentially over the last ten years,” says Rachel Stroer, President of The Land Institute. “Besides perennial rice, our work on wide hybrid crosses of annual wheat and sorghum with their perennial relatives show promise. With intensified investment in perennial grain agriculture research from global funders and partners, we’re confident that these grains and more will reach high yields with robust ecological and social benefits and move onto the landscape in the coming decades.”

ABOUT THE LAND INSTITUTE

The Land Institute co-leads the global movement for perennial, diverse, regenerative grain agriculture at a scale that matches the enormity of the intertwined climate, water, and food security crises. An independent 501c3 nonprofit founded in 1976, the organization seeks to reconcile the human economy with nature’s economy, starting with food. Its transdisciplinary team of scientists and global partners are developing new perennial grain crops, like Kernza®, and diverse cropping systems that function within nature’s limits and researching the social transformation required for a just, perennial human future.

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The Land Institute
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FreedomPay Announces Integration with Castles Technology to Expand Commerce Offering Globally

The partnership brings a unique consumer experience powered by loyalty and value-added services to millions of merchants globally.

PHILADELPHIA, Nov. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — FreedomPay, the commerce technology partner of choice for global leaders across hospitality, retail, restaurants and sports and entertainment, announce today a partnership with Castles Technology, a globally recognized and industry-leading manufacturer of payment hardware solutions.

“FreedomPay creates a world-class experience for consumers through optimized speed, security, and personalization,” said Chris Kronenthal, President of FreedomPay. “By partnering with Castles, merchants can provide a best-in-class commerce experience for consumers globally.”

Available beginning Q1 2023, FreedomPay will offer Castles’ all-in-one Android SmartPOS terminal to create a secure, frictionless and unified shopping experience for consumers while also supporting merchants with robust loyalty and data analytics capabilities. The move furthers its commitment towards an open and accessible ecosystem for FreedomPay’s merchants and industry partners alike. “Ultimately, FreedomPay’s proposition to the market is innovation based around choice and flexibility – we take another step forward with this announcement,” said Kronenthal.

“This partnership with FreedomPay brings together world-class commerce technology with industry-leading payment acceptance hardware solutions that drive global commerce by serving consumers and businesses to securely pay and get paid. Delivering innovation and trust is part of our DNA, and we are thrilled to be working with FreedomPay, who shares our ambitions to keep pushing our industry forward for our clients,” said Ben Love, President & CTO of Castles Technology North America.

Castles devices offer merchants many benefits including:

  • FreedomPay’s PCI-Validated P2PE solution and PCI PTS v6 firmware
  • Front and rear cameras for QR code payment acceptance and loyalty programs
  • Laser scanner for fast product scanning
  • 5” touchscreen with PIN on glass

Supported by Castles, FreedomPay continues its global expansion across 130+ countries, more than one hundred currencies and thousands of commerce partners.

About FreedomPay
FreedomPay’s Next Level Commerce™ platform transforms existing payment systems and processes from legacy to leading edge. As the premier choice for many of the largest companies across the globe in retail, hospitality, lodging, gaming, sports and entertainment, foodservice, education, healthcare and financial services, FreedomPay’s technology has been purposely built to deliver rock solid performance in the highly complex environment of global commerce. The company maintains a world-class security environment and was first to earn the coveted validation by the PCI Security Standards Council against Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE/EMV) standard in North America. FreedomPay’s robust solutions across payments, security, identity, and data analytics are available in-store, online and on-mobile and are supported by rapid API adoption. The award winning FreedomPay Commerce Platform operates on a single, unified technology stack across multiple continents allowing enterprises to deliver an innovative Next Level experience on a global scale. www.freedompay.com

About Castles Technology
With thirty years of worldwide market experience, Castles Technology has established itself as a top global manufacturer of next-generation payment acceptance hardware. Our goal is to create simple, innovative, and secure payment solutions that provide mobility and flexibility for a diverse range of attended and unattended payment environments such as retail, vending, micro markets, restaurants, transportation, finance, lodging, and hospitality. We pride ourselves on crafting accessible payment solutions, reducing the lifetime cost of payment acceptance hardware, and providing robust integration options. Our North American headquarters are in Atlanta, GA, and Castles Technology has 11 regional offices across Asia, Europe, and North and South America.

Jennifer Tayebi
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Jennifer.tayebi@hkstrategies.com
(734) 395-0780

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وینٹیج نے ادارہ جاتی تاجروں کے لئے یوکے لیکویڈیٹی سروس کا آغاز کردیا

لندن، 15 نومبر 2022ء/پی آرنیوزوائر/– بین الاقوامی ملٹی ایسٹ ٹریڈنگ پلیٹ فارم وینٹیج (یا وینٹیج مارکیٹس) برطانیہ میں اداروں اور کارپوریٹس کے لیے لیکویڈیٹی حل وینٹیج کنیکٹ کے اجراء کا اعلان کر رہا ہے۔

فنانس میگنیٹس لندن سمٹ 2022 میں باضابطہ طور پر اعلان کیا جائے گا، یہ خبر ہیج فنڈز، خاندانی دفاتر، بینکوں، بروکرز، منی مینیجرز اور بیسپوک ٹریڈنگ سولوشنز کےلئے اثاثہ (ایسِٹ) مینیجرز کے درمیان بڑھتی ہوئی مانگ کے جواب میں اپنے کاروبار کے ادارہ جاتی پہلو کو بڑھانے کے لئے وینٹیج کی طرف سے وسیع تر اسٹریٹجک دباؤ کے حصے کے طور پر سامنے آئی ہے۔

وسیع پیمانے پر عدم استحکام کی وجہ سے اس ستمبر میں عالمی سطح پر تجارتی حجم میں سال بہ سال 17.2 فیصد اضافہ ہوا ہے۔ یہ اداروں کے لئے خطرات اور مواقع دونوں پیش کرتا ہے، جنہیں تیزی سے بدلتے ہوئے مارکیٹ کے حالات کو نیویگیٹ کرنا چاہیے، جیسے ایل ایس ای نے یو کے گلٹس پر پھیلاؤ کی حد کو وسیع کیا، اس کے ساتھ ساتھ بڑے پھیلاؤ، جیسے سی ایف ڈی اور ڈیریویٹوز معاہدوں پر جو عام طور پر ہیجنگ کی حکمت عملی میں استعمال ہوتے ہیں۔

وینٹیج کنیکٹ ان ادارہ جاتی گاہکوں کو مؤثر طریقے سے عدم استحکام کا انتظام کرنے اور پیچیدہ اثاثوں کو تیزی سے خریدنے اور فروخت کرنے کے لئے وینٹیج کے گہری لیکویڈیٹی پول کا فائدہ اٹھاتے ہوئے مارکیٹ کے مواقع کا زیادہ سے زیادہ فائدہ اٹھانے کی اجازت دیتا ہے۔

پیشکش کو اپنی مرضی کے مطابق بنایا گیا ہے جس پر منحصر ہے کہ گاہکوں کی ضروریات وینٹیج کی خدمات کی مکمل رینج میں ہیں، بشمول اِن ہاؤس رسک مینجمنٹ کا انتظام اور ان کے منفرد پی اے ایم ایم (فیصد مختص مینجمنٹ ماڈیول)۔ یہ تیز اور محفوظ ہے ، کیونکہ کلائنٹ آسانی سے اے پی آئی کے ذریعہ سروس میں پلگ اِن کرسکتے ہیں ، مارکیٹ میں رفتار کو یقینی بنا سکتے ہیں ، اور وینٹیج کے ایف سی اے لائسنس کے تحت محفوظ ہیں۔

وینٹیج کنیکٹ اس سال کے ایف ایم ایل ایس میں نمائش کرے گا اور میک لارن ایکسٹریم ای ٹیم کے ساتھ شامل ہوگا ، جو اپنی نئی گاڑی کو پیش کریں گی۔

وینٹیج میں یوکے کے سی ای او ڈیوڈ شائر نے تبصرہ کرتے ہوئے کہا کہ “مارکیٹ میں عدم استحکام اکثر ان لوگوں کے لئے مواقع لاتا ہے جو جانتے ہیں کہ کہاں دیکھنا ہے، اور ہم نے گزشتہ چند مہینوں میں بڑھتی ہوئی حجم کو دیکھا ہے۔ ہم نے ایک مضبوط خوردہ حل تیار کیا ہے، اور اب ادارہ جاتی سرمایہ کاروں کو بڑھانے کا صحیح وقت ہے۔ ہمارے پاس برطانیہ میں ایک مضبوط ٹیم ہے ، جن میں سے سبھی نئی سروس شروع کرنے کے لئے پرجوش ہیں ، جو اس بات کو یقینی بناتا ہے کہ وینٹیج ایک قابل اعتماد شراکت دار اور ادارہ جاتی تجارتی برادری کے لئے ون اسٹاپ شاپ ہوسکتا ہے ، اور انہیں مارکیٹ کے مواقع سے زیادہ سے زیادہ فائدہ اٹھانے کے لئے اسپرنگ بورڈ فراہم کرتا ہے۔

وینٹیج کے بارے میں

وینٹیج ایک عالمی، ملٹی اثاثہ بروکر ہے جو گاہکوں کو فاریکس، کموڈیٹیز، انڈیکس، حصص اور ای ٹی ایف پر سی ایف ڈی کی تجارت کے لئے ایک تیز رفتار اور طاقتور سروس تک رسائی فراہم کرتا ہے۔

13 سال سے زائد مارکیٹ کے تجربے کے ساتھ، وینٹیج اب 30 سے زائد عالمی دفاتر میں 1،000 سے زائد ملازمین ہیں۔

وینٹیج ایک بروکر سے بڑھ کر ہے۔ یہ ایک قابل اعتماد تجارتی ماحولیاتی نظام اور ایک صارف دوست ٹریڈنگ پلیٹ فارم فراہم کرتا ہے جو گاہکوں کو ٹریڈنگ کے مواقع سے فائدہ اٹھانے کے قابل بناتا ہے۔

جب آپ  vantage@ پر ہوشیاری سے  تجارت کریں تو مارکیٹ کے مواقع جیتنے پر بہتر سرمایہ کاری کرنے کے لئے بااختیار بنیں۔

Finance Minister resolves to provide housing facilities to poor segments

Finance Minister Ishaq Dar has expressed government's resolve to provide housing facilities to the low and middle income groups at affordable prices.

He said this while chairing a meeting on Mera Pakistan Mera Ghar Scheme in Islamabad today (Wednesdasy).

The chair was briefed on ‘Mera Pakistan Mera Ghar’ housing finance markup subsidy scheme, its financial features and its operational, functional constraints and way forward to provide housing finance facilities to the masses.

Source: Radio Pakistan