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Frozen Throne
I ended up buying the expansion pack and from what I've played it seems really cool. The units are awesome and the little things i've added are pretty useful. However I just feel that this could have been added in a patch or something and released for free rather then charging for it. Ahh well I guess they gotta make money and I gotta spend it.
23:07:07 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: G-Blog.net :: ADoomedMarine
sunday afternoon with nancy
this afternoon nancy and i went down to sjsu to take some photos for her eharmony profile. i think we...
22:25:30 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: blog, blog, blog...
1999/4/9, 12:30am, Bowie MD, 4.25inch f/10 reflector 225x
First observation of the season, very good season. Very confusing view at first Hellas is so bright that it looks like a polar cap! North polar cap is very small. A bright Chryse plain on the limb also served to confuse! Syrtis Major on the limb, good views of Sinus sabaeus and Mare Acidalium.
21:34:00 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: 2005 Drawings of Mars by Bob Bunge
Pirates of the Caribbean
About fifteen minutes ago I arrived home after seeing the movie Pirates of the Caribbean. Well, I'm sure you guessed that, given the title...but anyway, I was delighted. I was overwhelmed. I was a lot of other words that critics...
21:33:40 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Happy Fields and Dancing Schnausers
Food aid, GMOs and trade
The European Union is revising it's rules on the traceability and labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) in food, including imported food. The new, more restrictive regulations are very likely to lead to continuing conflicts over trade in these products across the Atlantic. But food markets are, of course, global. Few differences can be confined to a bilateral context. Indeed, the main significance of the current U.S.-Europe dispute over GMOs may be that agriculture ministers the world over are watching it very carefully. Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Malawi -- African countries on the edge of famine -- all made headlines last August when they refused U.S. gifts of surplus GM corn. At first blush it seemed that their refusal was nonsensical; surely the risk of starvation exceeded the risk of consuming GM food. But as African leaders pointed out, if their farmers had planted kernels of the U.S. corn, the gift ultimately might have destroyed their ability to export ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Supachai urges action
Speaking at the OECD Trade Committee meeting in Paris, the WTO Director General told trade ministers that the time had come to give their delegations instructions to reach agreement on market access issues. He said he had the impression that some were 'dragging their feet', particularly on agriculture. Despite his concerns about lack of progress, Supachai was nevertheless hopeful about eventual success: "From all my contacts I have the impression that governments remain committed to finishing the Round by the agreed deadline of January 1, 2005"Daily Times (Pakistan)
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
EU submits an offer on Services trade to WTO
The EU is the world's biggest services market. The offer has been made as part of the services negotiations in the Doha round. In announcing the offer (available for download here) the Trade Commissioner, Pascal Lamy, said that it was designed specifically to respond to developing country requests on "Mode 4" access -- that is, for the movement of personnel. "The EU offer goes far in meeting developing countries' requests, who do have significant export interests in services, as has been shown by the requests they have addressed to the EU. This is the case with the temporary entry of foreigners into the EU to provide services (so-called Mode 4), where the EU offers to widen the scope of sectors covered and the duration of the stay in the EU. This is in response to the requests received from developing countries and a clear sign of the EU's commitment to a development round."EU Commission The EU document contains conditional offers of expanded acces for telecoms, financial services, ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Saharan countries seek an end to cotton subsidies
Benin, Chad, Burkina Faso and Mali have together proposed that US domestic subsidies on cotton be scrapped under an agreement that they want to see put in place at the Cancún meeting. They are reportedly seeking compensation for losses that they claim are due to the effect of the US subsidies on the world cotton price. According to the BBC Online... "The US, which is a net exporter of cotton, gave their cotton farmers $3.9bn worth of subsidies last financial year, three times more than the aid it gives to Africa. The subsidies have led to massive over-production of cotton, causing cotton crops to halve in value since the mid-1990s." BBC
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Biggest US businesses call for dramatic advances at Cancun
The Business Round Table is an association of CEOs of the largest US companies. In a statement sent to the recent G8 summit meeting it called for dramatic progress at the Cancún Ministerial meeting "Trade liberalization of goods and services could create annual global income gains of up to $2.8 trillion by 2015 ... WTO Members have the responsibility to develop a bold proposal in the area of tariff reductions. Worldwide economic growth will suffer if the agreement falls short in this area, and this all will be placed in jeopardy if the Doha Round stalls. Governments must overcome domestic political pressures and move forward boldly on market access to complete the Doha negotiations in 2005 ...The initial unity that was launched at Doha is now fractured by the stresses of a weak global economy."Business Round Table A summary of the BRT demands for liberalization is contained on their site
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
The impact of the Harbinson proposals
Over the next few months, as World Trade Net networks prepare for the Cancún meeting, I will try to provide some accessible reference material that will help you to sort out the business implications of the proposals being considered by government negotiators. The Danish Research Institute of Food Economics has published a very interesting analysis of the Harbinson 'compromise' proposals for the Agriculture Agreement. The Institute has used a standard general equilibrium trade model to estimate the impact of the proposals on particular commodity groups and countries. Overall, the size and distribution of the impacts may surprise you. Those countries with the highest level of protection see the greatest boost to economic welfare (roughly speaking, the same as 'consumer buying power') because they benefit the most from liberalizing their own highly protectionist barriers. Every country sees an increase in GDP, but in some countries -- particularly developing countries -- the 'terms ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Russian accession to WTO delayed
A fairly detailed report of the negotiations from the Russian press . "The Russian Ministry for Economic Development and Trade has confirmed that there is no chance of Russia's accession to the WTO this year. At the same time officials did not rule out entry in 2004. So far, the WTO member-states and Russia have failed to eliminate disagreements on issues such as pricing polices for the energy sector and agriculture, as well as currency control legislation."Gazeta
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
EU-US dispute on GMO crops
The temperature is rising in the dispute between the EU and the USA over the alleged EU 'moratorium' on imports of US soybeans and corn that 'may contain GMOs' [genetically modified organisms]. President Bush, on his way to a summit in Europe, accused the EU of jeopardizing food programs in Africa by spreading what he considers unnecessary concerns about 'bio-crops'. There are some economically important issues in this dispute and some tricky questions for the WTO to sort out. It's well worth following. Here's a useful background piece from the Guardian newspaper in January 2003 that summarizes the issues in the current dispute. Here's a robust response from the EU Commission to President Bush which says that the 'moratorium' claims are not accurate and that the EU is moving rapidly to creating WTO-consistent legislation that will authorize the use of GM crops in appropriate circumstances. (The Commission press release contains some very useful links and data on the extent of GM ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
The effect of non-reciprocal trade preferences
There's been a long-standing debate about the value to developing countries of the non-reciprocal preferences available under the GSP schemes of many industrialized countries. The approaching decision on MFN market access improvements as part of the Doha Development Agenda is likely to provoke still further debate about the continuing value of the (eroded) preference margins to beneficiaries. There have been two broad lines of concern about "GSP" preferences. The preferences offer a 'Faustian' bargain to beneficiaries because they tend to be reduced or withdrawn as the beneficiary becomes competitive in the markets in which preference has been granted. In other words, some preferences are available only as long as beneficiaries make little or no use of them. The impact on economic policies in the beneficiary country: do the preferences, in fact, contribute to an environment that leads to accelerated development? Even before the GSP was authorized for the first time (by a waiver) in ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Bangladesh business leaders' objectives for Cancun
The Bangladesh business community last week set out it's long-term trade objectives as part of its preparations for the Cancun meeting. A press release from the Dhaka Chamber of Commerce, which organized the business leaders meeting, is available here. I had the priviledge, last week, of once more meeting with Bangladesh business during the LDC Ministerial Meeting held in Dhaka on 1-3 June.Silencer Mapurunga, ITC Senior Advisor in the World Trade Net program, John Clark from DG Trade in the European Commission and I were invited to address the meeting and to engage in a dialogue with them afterwards. Among the concerns listed by the business leaders: the lack of transparency of rules of origin (particularly in the case of preferrential access to markets) need for assistance in meeting TBT and SPS standards improved market access for LDCs including a moratorium on anti-dumping actions support for post-Cancun negotiation on Trade Facilitation, Investment and Competition policy where ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Agricultural trade presentation available
Would you like a copy of the presentation that I made at Dhaka on trade in agriculture? A copy of the presentation that you can view in your web browser is available here on this site. You'll need to run the downloaded file (275kb) through your 'unzip' program. Inside the folder named 'agriculture_slideshow' you'll find a file named 'index.html'. Just click. Click to download the slideshow files
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Slides on market access for Non-agricultural products
A 'companion' to the slides on the negotations on agriculture (available for download.. see below). This presentation, which I gave to an ESCAP regional meeting in Bangkok last week, is available for download as a 'zipped' file (248kb) of slides you can view in your web browser. Click here to download the slides The slides show the impact of trade barriers on developing country trade in industrial and minerals products with special reference to the effect of barriers in other developing countries (which tend to be higher than those in developed country markets). The presentation also looks at the value of uniateral-preferences ('GSP') and the impact of liberalization on fiscal policies in developing countries. I'd really like to have your comments and feedback on this presentation. Please let me know how I could improve it for your use in your country networks.
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Africans protest cotton subsidies
The Presidents of Burkina Faso and Mali write to the New York Times. " In the period from 2001 to 2002, America's 25,000 cotton farmers received more in subsidies — some $3 billion — than the entire economic output of Burkina Faso, where two million people depend on cotton. " The Presidents ask the USA to cut cotton production subsidies that they say lead to overproduction, distort market prices, and cause poverty across Africa. "Our demand is simple: apply free trade rules not only to those products that are of interest to the rich and powerful, but also to those products where poor countries have a proven comparative advantage."NYTIMES
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Agriculture Chairman points to matters for decision
In his 3 July report to the Trade Negotiations Committee, Ambassador Stuart Harbinson detailed the matters that he believes need Ministerial decision in Cancún "As matters stand, collective guidance and decisions are required on a number of key issues in order to clear the way for reaching this goal. In the following paragraphs, an attempt is made to highlight the issues and questions which, in the Chairman's view, are the most urgent. "WTO The brief report is reproduced on the WTO website. It provides an excellent guide to outstanding issues on which Network members may want to offer some advice to their governments. In particular, the report highlights the important difference of views among WTO members on market access and related issues.
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
Working toward agreement
A round-up of news items from the past 10 days shows the rising volume (and pitch) of comment on the Ministerial Meeting. Services and agriculture are the focus of this selection. Agriculture The Economist newspaper, like many others, asks how the July EU reforms to future agricultural policy will affect the prospects for agreement at Cancún By delivering reform, however compromised, and by reducing the trade distortions caused by the CAP, the EU seems to have won some goodwill in Geneva. Yet this could be squandered if the Europeans start using their limited reforms to demand too much from others. The Economist There is little doubt that Agriculture remains central to the hopes of developing and least-developing countries for the Doha round. Will those hopes be realized? African countries were cajoled to participate in the Doha Round. They were assured that there would be trade concessions in agriculture. Instead of getting the developed countries to dismantle their agricultural ...
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
NY Times urges liberalization of agriculture markets
In a lengthy, hard-hitting editorial today the NY Times makes the case for global agricultural trade liberalization " By rigging the global trade game against farmers in developing nations, Europe, the United States and Japan are essentially kicking aside the development ladder for some of the world's most desperate people. This is morally depraved. By our actions, we are harvesting poverty around the world. "NYTIMES
21:22:39 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ITC World Trade Net
a new toy
The Monkey - forums for YABBOB discussion. At the moment, the only topics are for FAQs and Bug Reports (this one is for you, Ron.), but I’ll be adding more as they make sense. This is also tied into one of the long-standing requests from the b2 community - having a blog tied into a phpBB installation. It’d be nice to have posting via YABBOB and use phpBB for the comments. It would certainly make for a better community building tool... Though at that point, you’re really into drupal territory.
21:19:46 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: YABBOB DevBlog
Jakarta Struts on OS X
Apple: “Struts helps you organize your Java-based web applications by providing a framework based on a version of the Model-View-Controller design pattern.” This introduction ends with showing you how to build a basic RSS newsreader.
21:08:28 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: ranchero.com
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20:58:32 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: news.php.net: php.evangelism
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Australian Discreet artists unite for Sugababes music video
The UK-based pop trio The Sugababes has caused a stir with their latest promo for the single ‘Shape’, which features the three girl group clad in dresses created by swarms of moving white butterflies. Already a hit single in their home country, Shape’s promo was shot and posted entirely in Australia, with Babyfoot Productions’ up-and-coming directorial team Michael Gracey and Peter Commins at the helm. It brought together the work of several Discreet flame and inferno artists who were able to collaborate on the project at number of facilities across both Sydney and Melbourne. [more...]
20:29:33 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: if.com.au: newsSearch
Creating Trust by Trusting
There's an important little story over on Kotte.org. It's called Business lessons from the donut and coffee guy. It seems that *Ralph* lets his customers make their own change. As a result, he probably loses a little change each day and he is able to serve more customers and has a really loyal following. Jason Kotte aces the breakdown of the dynamics of trust in the situation and how it makes Ralph's business successful. It's worth reading and pondering for my business and maybe yours......
20:22:35 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: tokerud's technology treats
Re: Question on business want for PHP
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19:54:07 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: news.php.net: php.evangelism
San Francisco Giants
Went to see a baseball game yesterday in San Francisco. SF was playing Colorado. It was a great time of Garlic Fries and beer. I got some great shots and have uploaded some of them. Take a slidshow here. The bus ride was l
19:52:26 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: smarter than they think
Almost Done
We got enough of the painting done today to put the house kind of back together. We picked a light...
19:45:49 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: Minti's Place
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19:43:36 July 20, 2003, Sunday (PDT) Source: news.php.net: php.evangelism