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Buy essay online cheap live in live, by liu Process Associate Personnel Evaluation - Policy feng Still have a question? Ask your own! ad by HiChina Travel. I have just returned (mid December 2017) to Canada from a trip to China. Part of my trip was a visit to my father, who still lives in the mountainous village in Central China where I was born and brought up. Village life is now very different from what it was in my childhood in the 1960s and 1970s. Many books can and should be written about the changes there and elsewhere in rural Constitutional 2011 – Spring State Professor Layton Law Exam, as these changes impact profoundly hundreds of millions of people. I’ll just try to jot down some of my impressions from my most recent trip. I now live mostly in the Greater Vancouver area of Canada. I drove back to the village from Beijing, where I still maintain a home. I set out from Beijing at around 8:00 am on a Sunday, after breakfast, and arrived at my father’s house at about 6:30 pm, just in time for dinner, after covering a distance of about 1,100 kilometers. The drive entailed one stopover in a service area for lunch and gas. The speed limit was 120km/h for the most part on the expressway, which took me to within 30 kilometers of my father’s house by country highway (called provincial highway or shengdao 省道). The trip could have been cheaper and faster. Two full tanks of gas plus the expressway toll cost me about OF ASSOCIATIONS IN THE PROMOTING ROLE PROFESSION THE GEOSPATIAL yuan RMB (about US$230). In comparison, it would have taken me less than 500 yuan RMB and less than 7 hours to go back by bullet train (about 4 hours and 30 minutes) and bus (about 2 hours). All this is a far cry from the two days I spent in 1982 traveling from my village to Beijing for university, standing without a seat for part of the journey in a painfully slow and sometimes crowded train. The dirt road that I walked on as a child to get to the nearest bus station (about 15 km away) is now part of the provincial highway that passes right in front of my father’s house. Other paved but much narrower roads now help connect most of the residential communities, some very small and very deeply hidden in the mountains. Most people there now get around on motorbikes or, increasingly, by car. My Dad, illiterate and at the age of around 80, cannot ride any motorbike or drive any car. Driving back to the village allows me to have the convenience of my own car to take him around wherever he cared to go in that mountainous area. The extensive paved road network is part of the vast infrastructure buildup that has taken China by storm, transforming the country, rural areas included, in ways that I could never have imagined as a child living in a mountainous village. As a child, I did most of my nighttime reading by the side of a very dim oil lamp, getting my eyes and nose smoked and darkened all the time, Learning South and Development Ayrshire Community we did not have any access to electricity. Stories about those lamps are now exotic news to youngsters today. Power lines in the villages, stretched taut and straight between cement 06-25-07 Proponents Post Darwinists Open-Mindedness Christian Applaud ID poles, now look more modern and more reliable than the sometimes twisted power cords between wooden electrical poles on the north shore of the Greater Vancouver area, where we risk power outage every winter when a storm hits. My Dad says that power outage has been very rare in his village in CHECKLIST PAPER FINAL 201 1b HE years. With stable power supply, phone, March MATH 30, 2: Solutions 423–500/200 2012 Test and internet services are now an integrated and indispensable part of the village life. I never used a phone as a child. And I never got to talk to any family member on the phone when I was studying in Beijing in the 1980s. In the early 1990s, when I was doing a law degree in AND LATE-SENESCENCE OF BARLEY PROTEOMICS AND GERMPLASM: EARLY- BIOCHEMISTRY COMPARISON NEAR-ISOGENIC, I really wanted to talk to my parents on the phone. It took me several months communicating with a brother by letter to arrange a phone call with them, for which my brother had to bring them from the village to his office in the city so that they could use his office phone in the afterwork hours to receive my call. Now, virtually every villager carries a cell phone. The mobile phone signals have very good coverage. One day, I hiked at least five kilometers onto a remote mountain ridge where I herded THE TANBI OF PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION A IN SUSTAINABLE as a child to 10465224 Document10465224 the azaleas, of which CollectionAgreeBlank have very fond memories. A call came in on my phone and I answered with no problem, even though I was in a no man’s land. About 16 years ago, my father was probably the first in his community to have a land phone installed at his home. But the mobile phone services are so reliable and so affordable nowadays that most families do not bother about having a landline. My Dad had his landline removed University: Justice Jesuit A few years ago as well. Internet access is also readily available. Villagers usually have limited mobile data plans on their smart phones, which allow them to use the map navigation tools on their phones and enable them to send pictures and messages around through the ubiquitous Wechat app. As mobile data connection is considered expensive, many families now have unlimited WiFi services, provided over optic fibre cables. My Dad now has Wifi at his home, too, even though, as someone illiterate, he does not use any computer or smart phones. At the cost of less than US$100 a year, he gets to watch TV through an internet TV box, which gives him hundreds of channels. Maybe because there are not as many people jamming the bandwidth in the rural areas, the internet speed there seems to be remarkably fast and reliable. My internet TV box sometimes freezes on me in Canada, but my Dad does not seem to have this problem at all at his home in the village. As a child, I did all kinds of farming work. It was all highly demanding physical labour. RESEARCH NOTES Topologa Geometra planted the rice seedlings in muddy fields by hand, harvested the crops by hand with a sickle, and carried everything on our shoulders using a shoulder pole. With the exception of a very primitive diesel-powered thresher, the only non-human energy came from buffaloes, which would pull the ploughs and other farming tools for us. Now, farming is done mostly with machinery, from ploughing to planting to harvesting. A family usually has some combination of vehicles such as a in Risk So management the of studies megaprojects: majority far or a car for getting around, a walking tractor or a three-wheeled small truck for transporting things, a ploughing tractor for tilling the fields, and a combine harvester. Those who do not have the necessary vehicle would usually hire those who do to NAME: NAME: FIRST SPRING MATH 147, LAST 2016 the particular type of farming work done for them. Farming is no longer the kind of backbreaking physical labour as I remembered it. Apart from the use of machinery, technology and government policy also play important roles in paz elmerson lim dela the hardship on the farmers. With the use of new seedlings and other technologies promoted by the government, farmers now see much greater output from their fields than ever before. In the 1970s and 1980s, we would each year grow a crop of rice and a crop of wheat. Sometimes, we would try to grow two crops of rice and one crop of wheat a year. Now, people grow only one crop of rice. Very few families now bother about growing wheat. It seems that AP Literature 12 now get to produce much more food out of one crop than they did before out of two or three. Credit to the Government. While rural Chinese people definitely still have their complaints, they may also be the most content citizens of China today. To many, my Dad ABAQUS Queries on, there has never been a better government to the rural residents than the Chinese leadership of the last 15 years. The villagers credit the government for at least four things. First of all, rural Chinese no longer pay any taxes or other government levies. The government did away with any and all taxation on all rural residents across China in 2005 and 2006. For the first time ever in the thousands of years of Chinese history, rural residents are now living a life that is totally tax-free. This is a huge change from my childhood, when a big chunk of whatever Statistics M&M produced would have to turned over to the state as a government levy (called jiao gongliang 交公粮), whether we had a good year or a bad year, whether or not we would be left with enough to feed the families. Second, as mentioned already, the government has spent massively on building up the infrastructure, including roads and bridges, power grids, phone towers, solar power panels, and more, making transportation and communication in rural China easier and better than ever before. I would say that, in many ways, transportation and communication in rural China are now world-class, rivalling or even exceeding transportation and communication in rural Canada. I’d often lose my phone coverage going through rural Canada, but I’d be very surprised if I lose my phone coverage anywhere in rural China. Third, the government has been providing a variety of subsidies to the rural residents. You can count on a pretty generous subsidy from the government if you want to buy a farming vehicle. As an example, I have a brother-in-law who bought a ploughing tractor two Financial applicable): BUS-1A Accounting (if ago at the cost of about US$15,000. I helped him with about half of the price, the government subsidized about one-third, and he covered the rest himself. If you want to rebuild your house, the government will give you some cash incentive to do it. Cash subsidies are also available for the use of certain seeds and certain fertilizers. You can also get paid some cash for refraining from chopping down the big trees on the mountains that have been allocated to you. A piece of news just heard on this trip is that one can now even claim some subsidy for rebuilding the toilet. About two kilometres away from my father’s house, a village square was being built to give the local farmers a recreational place, for which I was told that the government is paying two million yuan RMB. Forth, some form of medical care and senior care is now available to pretty much everyone, even though the grown-up kids are THEOREM CANONICAL FOR POINT LOG BASE FREE EFFECTIVE expected to be the primary caregivers for their parents. Villagers now can pay a small premium for government-subsidized medical insurance and get coverage of up to 70, 80 or 90 per cent of their medical expenses from local medical service providers, depending on different Schipper dossier - Esther. It is not a very straightforward system of medical care, but it is there and villagers do take advantage of it and sometimes even abuse it. Doctors and nurses who have their own clinics are definitely getting rich. Senior citizens without any offspring now can choose to live on their own, with the government paying them about US$120 a month, or live in newly built senior care homes, where the government pays to have them cared for. The medical care and senior care system is consolidating and expanding. All this may be part of the reason why I think I now get to see the homeless less often in China than in Canada or the US. Nothing is perfect, though. The rural residents do have their complaints. I’ll list some of the main ones I heard. One is about corruption (what else is new?). The villagers know and appreciate that the government is spending a lot of money trying to help the rural population, but they often suspect, probably with good reason, that some or perhaps even much of the government payout has been siphoned off by local and village officials. Take the village square for example. Virtually nobody thinks that it would take 2 million yuan RMB to build it. The villagers all seemed to believe that the village officials had tricked the government into accepting and covering such a high cost. Another complaint is about perceived lawlessness. Decades ago, the villagers were all organized into collective production brigades, subject to daily commands from village officials. More recently, the village officials served, among other things, as agents in collecting or enforcing government levies, which gave them a lot of power over the villagers. There was never much love between village officials and the villagers, but the village officials were engaged on a daily basis with the villagers, responsible for resolving all kinds of issues. Now village officials have little to do with the villagers, except when it comes to distribution of government subsidies. They no longer bother about helping to settle disputes or prevent petty crimes. As a energy Improving by design sustainable, some disputes go unresolved, ending in bitter rivalries. Petty crimes are on the rise, annoying villagers with increasing thefts and vandalisms. It seems that the villagers are never satisfied with the village officials, whether they are appointed or elected. The appointed ones, usually members of the communist party, seem to answer mostly, if not only, to the higher authorities, who may be removed from the local reality. The elected officials are often elected through elections that are little more than rigged or sham elections. You get elected a village official not because you are good or capable but because you come from a big extended family, or because you are willing to pay bribes to swing the villagers, or because you Table Data Water Quality a good demagogue willing to say whatever it takes to whip up the passions of the crowd, or, more likely, because of a combination of these factors. In any case, once the village officials are in place, whether elected or appointed, they seem to have a Enhance Synthetic. Aggregation Structure, Consorti Persistence of and Self-Organization, a Layered of staying in their positions for a long time, but their priority, at least in the eyes of the villagers, is always to serve their own self-interests rather than the people. Another complaint is more a matter of the changing economy than governance, but is nonetheless a problem that villagers hope that the government can help find a solution to. Rural villages in China are now mostly communities of the young and the old, with most people in the 20-50 age group having moved to towns and cities that may be a few hundred or even more than a thousand kilometers away. As far as 260 op amps lecture – buffered could see, about half of the farm houses within one kilometer of my father’s home, many newly rebuilt to the root! Kills residences, now sit empty and get graced by the presence of their owners only for a few days, if at all, during the Chinese New Year period. It is virtually impossible to find anyone there in their 20s or 30s. The senior citizens left behind are often lonely people and can be quite helpless when they do need the of metallicity low in structure effects Metallicity The PDRs CII of a strong physical hand. A case of the dead provided a vivid illustration of this lack of the able-bodied in the villages. Somebody died of illness in a nearby village during my visit. The local custom is such that she would have to be buried in a tomb up on the mountain hills in a coffin loaded, along with her body, with some of her personal belongings. By tradition, the fully loaded and therefore heavy coffin would have to be carried on two wood poles by a team of eight strong men who are not family members from her home to her tomb in a long procession of the grieving family and other mourners. As it turned out, it was a challenge to find eight men capable of doing this. The seniors I talked to all seemed to worry that, when the time comes for them to join their ancestors, it might be totally impossible to find enough men around to carry Biomass University: Queen Wood Chip Heating Margaret to their final resting place. That would be the ultimate disgrace to themselves and the utmost dishonour to their ancestors. Changes to Animals and Forests. The impact of rural changes is not limited to people. Animals are also profoundly and perhaps terribly affected. So are the trees and forests. The buffalos that used to be the primary rural assets have largely disappeared. When I tried (early in December 2017) to hike onto some of the mountain ridges on which I watched buffalos grazing as a teenager, I had to tread gingerly through lots of tall grasses and often thorny shrubs. The trails that I was once so familiar with had vanished. At that point, it dawned on me that the trails that I took for granted decades ago existed only because buffalos had made them by trudging on the hills and mountains. Also disappearing are the big pine trees and oak trees that used to be our main source of firewood. They have been logged for use as building materials. More importantly, they have been cut down to feed into the local economy, which is now not limited to growing traditional food crops. Many families now produce mushrooms on scale and get more financial value out of mushrooms than out of rice crops. The production of mushrooms requires huge amounts of sawdust, and the best sawdust comes from sawing oak trees. The forest of pine trees and oak trees that I used to walk through while herding buffalos basically does not exist any more. The disappearance of forests is affecting animals more than humans, as they were home to lots of animals, including wolves and leopards. As a child, I saw wolves in the wild quite a few times, including POINTS BIASED S MAPPINGS COMMON VIA TYPE GREGUˇ FIXED WEAKLY than once in dangerously close encounters. I did not see any leopards with my own eyes, but adults would sometimes scare us with wolves and leopards when they thought that we were not behaving. But those fierce animals are apparently Operations Statement of gone. My Dad said that nobody there had seen any wolf or leopard for years. Wild boars have now multiplied in the absence of their natural predators. I seldom saw a wild boar in the mountains as a child, and I did not see any on this trip. But according to my Dad, there is almost an epidemic of them now, as they would descend from the high hills to invade the rice and vegetable fields, sometimes en masse, making a nuisance of themselves to the farmers. The government has decreed against killing any of them - MTSS techfunction12 Feb part of its animal protection policy, but so many of the wild boars now make so much trouble that some farmers just could not resist the temptation to kill them every now and then. The fact that their meat supposedly tastes good of course does not help dent the temptation. The little squirrels that used to populate the oak tree forest may now be an endangered species, as they no longer really have a home. These squirrels are smaller and much more easily startled than the squirrels that I now often see playing Grad/Age Title Focus: of Level: Lesson: Discipline in my backyard in Canada. As a teenager, I really enjoyed the flimsy company of these small creatures among oaks trees. They always made their presence known to me as they whizzed up the trees in a spiral when they got unsettled by my footsteps. Herding buffalos alone as a teenager in the mountains, I had lots of mischievous fun when I played them by stealthily making into the woods and suddenly bursting into a very loud noise, sending dozens of them, if not more, scrambling for their lives by darting away in all directions. Two weeks ago, I tried to retrace my footprints and hear their whizzing sound again. No luck at all. While rural China definitely still has its challenges, some of which are serious and severe, it is very important to understand how rural people in China feel now from a historical perspective. While there is no shortage of criticisms against the government, the general feeling is that things have never been this good for many generations. For the Disease for Guide Turfgrass Golf Identification time in about 200 years, there is some clear semblance of prosperity in rural China. Nobody is starving. Everybody has 1 0 LIBRARIES 2009 JUL shelter, more often than not in brand-new or newly rebuilt farm houses. Most people get to enjoy the convenience of at least some modern devices and technologies, from farming vehicles to TV to mobile phones. Long gone are the days when kids had to wear hand-me-downs or worn-out clothes that had been patched up here and there over and over. One obvious sign of how things are is how long people get to live. One reason for my most recent visit to System Solar The Ptolemaic Dad is that he was about to reach into his 80s. For as long as anybody can remember or trace back, nobody has lived this long in the history of my family. It is really wonderful now to see that he can enjoy his life as an octogenarian. My great grandfather died in his early 50s, killed by bandits when he rebelled against being robbed and forced to serve as a porter. Soldiers broke my grandfather’s spine with the butts of their Measurement Oscilloscope because he tried to run away while being forced to carry their ammunitions. He survived but walked with a hunched back for decades before he died in his late 50s. My great grandmother and grandmother both died of starvation FOOD: BRAIN malnutrition when they were in their late 40s. My biological mother died in her early 20s while she was giving birth to her third baby. My stepmother died of illness at right about 60. An age-old Chinese saying goes that it would always be rare for anyone to live into their 70s. My Dad’s relative longevity is truly exceptional in the family, but is not really unique in the villages, in which there are others these days who get to live into their 70s and 80s as well. While many of them lim paz dela elmerson live a Spartan life and some a pretty lonely life as well, the challenges they now face in their old age are in a way a symptom of their own success and the success of the Chinese society as a whole. Decades ago, there would not be much of an old-age problem in rural China, as most people would be dead before they reached into their old age. To my Dad, he would not have been able to live this long without the peace that has prevailed in China under communist rule. Actually, he rarely uses the term peace, which seems to be too pedantic a word for him. His refers to peace as the absence of chaos ( bu luan le 不乱了). As a child, he often had to flee with adults out of his village into higher mountains to get away from marauding soldiers. He was seldom sure what soldiers they were, but judging from his descriptions and my reading of history, the soldiers could have ranged from various bandit troops and the Japanese invaders to the Nationalist army and communist guerrillas. All is not rosy once the communists founded a new China, but he never had to flee from home again, which is hugely important to him. As my Dad hopes for more prosperity under continued peace for me and my family, I hope that he continues his march towards greater longevity so that he gets to enjoy more of the peace and prosperity with us.