click links in text for more info

Economy of the Maldives

In ancient times the Maldives were renowned for cowries, coir rope, dried tuna fish and coco de mer. Local and foreign trading ships used to bring them abroad. Nowadays, the mixed economy of the Maldives is based on the principal activities of tourism and shipping. Tourism is the largest industry in the Maldives, accounting for 28% of GDP and more than 60% of the Maldives' foreign exchange receipts, it a further 115 % in the 1990s. Over 90 % of government tax revenue flows in from tourism-related taxes. Fishing is the second leading sector in the Maldives; the economic reform program by the government in 1989 lifted import quotas and opened some exports to the private sector. Subsequently, it has liberalized regulations to allow more foreign investment. Agriculture and manufacturing play a minor role in the economy, constrained by the limited availability of cultivable land and shortage of domestic labour. Most staple foods are imported. Industry in the Maldives consists of garment production, boat building, handicrafts.

It accounts for around 18% of GDP. Maldivian authorities are concerned about the impact of erosion and possible global warming in the low-lying country. Among the 1,190 islands in the Maldives, only 198 are inhabited; the population is scattered throughout the country, the greatest concentration is on the capital island, Malé. Limitations on potable water and arable land, plus the added difficulty of congestion are some of the problems faced by households in Malé. Development of the infrastructure in the Maldives is dependent on the tourism industry and its complementary tertiary sectors, distribution, real estate and government. Taxes on the tourist industry have been plowed into infrastructure and it is used to improve technology in the agricultural sector; this is a chart of trend of gross domestic product of Maldives at market prices estimated by the International Monetary Fund with figures in millions of rufiyaa. For purchasing power parity comparisons, the US dollar is exchanged at 12.85 rufiyaa only.

Mean wages were $4.15 per man-hour in 2009. The Maldives has experienced low inflation throughout the recent years. Real GDP growth averaged about 10% in the 1980s, it expanded by an exceptional 16.2% in 1990, declined to 4% in 1993, over the 1995–2004 decade, real GDP growth averaged just over 7.5% per year. In 2005, as a result of the tsunami, the GDP contracted by about 5.5%. The Maldives has been running a merchandise trade deficit in the range of $200 to $260 million since 1997; the trade deficit declined to $233 million in 2000 from $262 million in 1999. In 2004 it was $444 million. International shipping to and from the Maldives is operated by the private sector with only a small fraction of the tonnage carried on vessels operated by the national carrier, Maldives Shipping Management Ltd. Over the years, Maldives has received economic assistance from multilateral development organizations, including the United Nations Development Programme, Asian Development Bank, the World Bank. Individual donors, including Japan, Europe, Arab countries have contributed.

See: Economic Aid to Maldives In 1956, a bilateral agreement gave United Kingdom access to Gan in Addu Atoll in the far south, to establish an air facility in Gan in return for British aid. However, the agreement ended in 1976, shortly after the closing of the Gan air station; the following table shows the main economic indicators in 1980–2017. As of 2007, the Maldives has promoted its natural assets for tourism; the beautiful, unpolluted beaches on small coral islands, blue waters and sunsets attract tourists worldwide, bringing in about $325 million a year. Tourism and other services in the tertiary sector contributed 33% to the GDP in 2000. Since the establishment of the first resort in 1972, over 84 islands have been developed as tourist resorts, with a total capacity of some 16,000 beds; the number of tourists visiting the Maldives increased from 1,100 in 1972 to 280,000 in 1994. In 2000, tourist arrivals exceeded 466,000; the average occupancy rate is 68%, with the average number of tourists staying for 8 days and spending about $755.

It is recorded that over 1 million tourists visited the islands in 2014 This sector employs about 20% of the labour force and contributes 3% of GDP. All fishing is done by line. Production in the fishing sector, was 119,000 metric tons in 2000, most of which were skipjack tuna. About 50% of fish is exported to Sri Lanka, Germany, UK, Thailand and Singapore. 42% of fish exports consist of dried or canned fish, another 31% is frozen and the remaining 10% is exported as fresh fish. Total exports of fish reached about $40 million in 2000; the fishing fleet consists of some 1,140 flat-bottomed boats. Since the dhonis have shifted from sailing boats to outboard motors, the annual tuna catch per fisherman has risen from 1.4 metric tons in 1983 to 15.2 in 2002. Due to the availability of poor soil and scarceness of arable land in the islands, agriculture is limited to only a few subsistence crops, such as coconut, breadfruit, mangoes, betel, sweet potatoes, onions. Agriculture contributes about 6% of GDP.

Maldivians use'hydroponics' to increase food resources throughout the country. The most hydroponic-used islands are Haa Alif Atoll and Thoddoo, Haa Alif Atoll; the industrial sector provides only about 7% of GDP

H┼Źdatsu Station

Hōdatsu Station is a railway station on the Nanao Line in the town of Hōdatsushimizu, Hakui District, Ishikawa Prefecture, operated by the West Japan Railway Company. Hōdatsu Station is served by the Nanao Line, is located 20.9 kilometers from the end of the line at Tsubata and 32.4 kilometers from Kanazawa. The station consists of two opposed ground-level side platforms connected by a footbridge; the station is attended. The station opened on April 24, 1898. With the privatization of Japanese National Railways on April 1, 1987, the station came under the control of JR West. In fiscal 2015, the station was used by an average of 388 passengers daily. National Route 159 National Route 249 Hōdatsu High School List of railway stations in Japan Official website

Eric Allen

Eric Andre Allen is an American football coach and former cornerback who played in the National Football League for the Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints, Oakland Raiders from 1988 to 2001. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, Allen retired from football after the 2001 season and is an NFL analyst for Pac-12 Networks. In his NFL career, he recorded 54 interceptions for 827 yards and eight touchdowns, while recovering seven fumbles, his 54 interceptions ties him for 21st in NFL history. He now lives in California with his wife Lynn Allen, with whom he has four children. In 2019, he served as the defensive backs coach for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football. Allen played high school football at Point Loma High School under legendary coach Bennie Edens. Allen played college football at Arizona State University. Allen was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 1988 NFL Draft. Allen played seven seasons for the Eagles, three seasons for the New Orleans Saints, four seasons for the Oakland Raiders.

While with the Eagles he was a popular player with the "Gang Green" Defense, playing with NFL greats Reggie White, Seth Joyner, Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, Andre Waters, Mike Pitts, Wes Hopkins. He is the only NFL player to run back three or more interceptions for scores in two separate seasons. One of Allen's most memorable plays occurred October 1993, in a game against the New York Jets. Having lost their starting quarterback to a fractured fibula early in the contest, the Eagles found themselves trailing the Jets by two points late in the 4th quarter as the Jets drove downfield for what would be the game's final points. Jets quarterback, Boomer Esiason, attempted to throw for a first down inside the Eagles 10-yard line as Allen stepped in front of the intended receiver at the 6-yard line; the ensuing 94-yard touchdown return was declared "Greatest Interception Return in NFL History" by Steve Sabol of NFL Films. After several successful and injury-free seasons at Philadelphia and New Orleans, Allen blew out his knee during the 1998 season on November 15 while playing for the Oakland Raiders against the Seattle Seahawks and missed the rest of that season.

But he came back strong in 2000 and had a season to remember, with six interceptions, including a team-record three for touchdowns. His teammates honored him with the first annual Eric Turner award for the Raiders' most outstanding defensive player; the award was created in the memory of the Oakland free safety who died of abdominal cancer in May 2000. Through the 2001 season, Allen played in 214 of a possible 217 games. In 2009, Allen was inducted by the San Diego Hall of Champions into the Breitbard Hall of Fame honoring San Diego's finest athletes both on and off the playing surface. Allen joined ESPN in August 2002 as an NFL studio analyst. Allen appears on ESPN's "Sportscenter" as an NFL analyst. Allen has had appearances as a college football analyst on the Pac-12 Networks football shows, as well as for the station's flagship show "Sports Report" as a football analyst. On December 19, 2018, Allen was named defensive backs coach for the San Diego Fleet of the Alliance of American Football.

Career statistics and player information from · ESPN · CBS Sports · Yahoo! Sports · · Pro-Football-Reference

Yellow Faced Tiger

Yellow Faced Tiger is a 1974 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Lo Wei, starring Wong Tao, Sylvia Chang and Chuck Norris. In this kung-fu vehicle Chuck Norris plays the biggest drug king in San Francisco who owns everyone, the police department included, he finds his match when a young police officer stands up to the drug lord's power and must fight him and the entire system. A former cop in the San Francisco Bay Area goes after the goons. San Francisco police officers John and Wong arrest two men raping a girl named Sylvia, utilizing their knowledge of martial arts to take down the assailants, but at the station Sylvia refuses to press charges claiming that she knew the men and that the altercation was all in fun, in clear contradiction of what had taken place. In retribution for their arrest, the rapists kidnap John in broad daylight and take him to the beach, where he is beaten by numerous assailants. Wong manages killing one of them. For this, he is kicked out of the force by his superior Captain Newman and soon imprisoned, but John still keeps in touch with his old friend.

After serving his sentence, Wong takes a job as a waiter. While waiting tables he meets a criminal mastermind. Slaughter offers Wong a job in his organization but Wong refuses as Slaughter threatens to have him killed. John witnesses some men running away from a bank robbery one morning. While John is chasing some bank robbers. He's pursues the robbers. John is caught in the backyard of the Chu family, where the robbers kill him; the next morning when the police find his body the captain, accuses Mr. and Mrs. Chu of being in on the murder and the bank robbery. Newman has the Chu's arrested and locked up without bail despite Mr. Chu's claims that he had nothing to do with the crime and didn't see the men killing John in his backyard. Wong becomes involved because he wants to free the Chu's, he begins shaking down Chinese criminals looking for clues, they lead him to Captain Newman. Newman, working for Mr. Slaughter, intended to frame the Chu's for the crime committed by Slaughter's own men. Wong kills him.

After Wong kills Newman, he attempts to warn Chu's defending lawyer, but the boss of the gang has murdered the lawyer. Wong is confronted by Slaughter's men on the street, fights them all off confronting Slaughter himself. Wong defeats Slaughter after a heated battle, kills him when the police burst onto the scene; the new police captain stops Wong from delivering the lethal blow, informing him that he knows the whole story. Wong is reinstated to the police force, but refuses to carry a pistol saying " has no need of guns"; the film was released theatrically in the US in 1981 as Slaughter in San Francisco. It was noticed; the film played as a double-bill to other genre film. It was described, a low budget martial arts actioner taking advantage of Norris' fame. Chuck Norris filmography

94.7 The Pulse

94.7 The Pulse, is a community radio station which broadcasts to the Geelong, Victoria region in Australia. The Pulse had been known as 3YYR, broadcasting on 100.3 MHz FM before becoming known as Geelong Community Radio on the same frequency. In 2001, frequency 100.3Mhz was issued to new commercial station Nova 100 in Melbourne and the station was moved to its current frequency of 94.7 MHz FM and changed names to 94.7 The Pulse. Its studios which are based in 68-70 Lt Ryrie St, Geelong at the Geelong Media Education Centre is a training facility for other forms of media; the Geelong Media Co-operative - the operators of 3YYR - operated the radio station for some period of time in conjunction with Diversitat, the operational arm of the Geelong Ethnic Communities Council, representing the ethnic broadcasters. The full-time licence held by the GCRC was surrendered to the Australian Communications and Media Authority; the licence passed to Diversitat, who have since maintained the mix of ethnic and broader community programming.

The station is now run by a board drawn from the volunteer operators and has a representative on the GECC executive. The frequency used by the station is not guaranteed for a future community radio service, as such has become available in the longer term for a potential variety of alternate services. In June 2007 an article appeared in the Geelong Advertiser stating that the Australian Broadcasting Corporation wanted to establish a radio station in Geelong, wanted to take over the frequency used by The Pulse; the Pulse has organised a campaign to protect the Frequency. On Monday, 18 August 2008 the Australian Communications and Media Authority announced a proposal which would see 94.7 The Pulse move to 91.9FM with a reduced broadcast power of 3 kW down from 56 kWOn 27 August 2009, the ACMA announced that the station would be able to keeps its frequency with ABC Local Radio having to find another location to broadcast to the region. This followed widespread support from Local Government for The Pulse.

Official website

Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School

The Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School is a non-sectarian, co-educational secondary public science and technology high school located in J. P Rizal Blvd. Barangay Market Area, Santa Rosa City, Laguna, in the Philippines. President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law the Republic Act 9083, creating the Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School on April 8, 2001. Cong. Uliran T. Joaquin of the First District of Laguna was its principal author; the law was implemented in the school year 2002-2003 through the initiative and financial support of the local government of Santa Rosa led by Mayor Leon C. Arcillas. Applicant student must belong to the upper 20% of the graduating class, has grades at least 85% in subjects such as Mathematics and English as of 2nd quarter Grade VI, certified by the Principal. Average score in Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School Entrance Examinations or STENEX for Junior High is at least 85% or above in three phases of assessment, namely:Proficiency Examination in Mathematics and English Mental ability/aptitude Examination Interview Applicant student must belong to the Top 20 of Junior High Batch and has grades of at least 85% in subjects such as Mathematics, Science and Research.

Percentile rank of 86% or above in STEM in NCAE Average score in Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School Entrance Examinations or STENEX for Senior High is at least 85% or above in the two phases of assessment, namely:Proficiency Examination in Mathematics, Science and Research InterviewNOTE: THE STENEX CAN ONLY BE TAKEN ONCE These are implemented in a step-by-step format. The final selection of first year entrants is based on the number of slots set for the year by the City Government of Santa Rosa. Santa Rosa Science and Technology High School adopts Science and Engineering Curriculum with STEM Program, it is focused on its applications to industry using the latest technologies. Computer rooms are to be linked to the internet, including multi-media classrooms. Instruction shall be supplemented with visits to laboratories & plants; the school shall maintain a well-stock library, to subscribe to professional and technological magazines and manuals. Filipino 7: Ibong Adarna English 7: Philippine Literature Enhanced Science 7 Biology 7 Physics 7 Chemistry 7 Earth and Space 7 Enhanced Mathematics 7 Araling Panlipunan: Kasaysayan ng Asya MAPEH 7 Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao Information and Communication Technology 7 Introduction to Word Processors: MS Word Introduction to Spreadsheet Programs: MS Excel Introduction to Presentation Programs: MS PowerPoint Mathematics Investigatory 7 Research 7 Filipino 8: Florante at Laura English 8: Asian and African Literature Enhanced Science 8 Physics 8 Earth Science 8 Chemistry 8 Biology 8 Enhanced Mathematics 8 Araling Panlipunan 8: Kasaysayang Pandaigdig MAPEH 8 Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao 8 Information and Communication Technology 8 Basics of Computer Hardware Servicing Introduction to Image Manipulation: Adobe Photoshop Introduction to Desktop Publishing: MS Publisher Introduction to Web Design/HTML: Notepad+ Research 8 Applied Research Life Research Math Investigatory 8 Filipino 9: Noli me Tangere English 9: Anglo-American Literature Enhanced Science 9 Biology 9 Chemistry 9 Physics 9 Earth and Space 9 Enhanced Mathematics 9 Araling Panlipunan 9: Economics MAPEH 9 Edukasyon Sa Pagpapakatao 9 Research 9 Applied Research Life Research Electronics Filipino 10: El Filibusterismo English 10: World Literature Enhanced Science 10 Earth Science 10 Physics 10 Biology 10 Chemistry 10 Enhanced Mathematics 10 Araling Panilipunan 10: Kontemporaryong Isyu MAPEH 10 Edukasyon sa Pagpapakatao 10 Electronics and Robotics Research 10 Applied Research Life Research No failing grade in any subject for the school year.

85% or above grade in Mathematics, Science and Research. 83% or above grade in other subjects. No failing grade in any subject from any semester. 84.5% or above grade in specialized and applied subjects. 82.5% or above grade in core subjects. If the grade in any subject is below standard,The student shall submit Summer Class Attendance Certificate from another school for a subject or two subjects below standard at year-end; when three subject grades are below standard at year-end, the student shall transfer automatically to another school for the following school year. NOTE: Since it is an English Implemented school, such policy is observed. Proper behavioral decorum and attitude is a must