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Foreign relations of Hong Kong

Under the Basic Law, the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region is in charge of its internal affairs and external relations, whilst the Government of the People's Republic of China is responsible for its foreign affairs and defence. As a separate customs territory, Hong Kong maintains and develops relations with foreign states and regions, plays an active role in such international organisations as World Trade Organization and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation in its own right under the name of Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong participates in 16 projects of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Hong Kong was under British rule before 1 July 1997. Prior to the implementation of the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Act 1996 enacted by the British Parliament, Hong Kong represented its interests abroad through the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices and via a special office in the British Embassies or High Commissions, but the latter ceased after the sovereignty of Hong Kong was transferred to the PRC and became a special administrative region of the PRC in 1997.

At present, the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Offices under the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in countries that are the major trading partners of Hong Kong, including Japan, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union as well as an ETO in Geneva to represent HKSAR Government in the WTO. These offices serve as the official representative of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR in these countries and international organisations, its major functions include facilitating trade negotiations and handling trade related matters, inter-government relations with foreign governments. The Hong Kong Government has set up the Hong Kong Tourism Board with offices in other countries and regions to promote tourism; the Hong Kong SAR Government has an office in Beijing, three HKETOs at Guangzhou and Chengdu. An HKETO will be set up at Wuhan in the future; the Central People's Government of the PRC maintains a liaison office in Hong Kong. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a representative office in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong makes strenuous law enforcement efforts, but faces serious challenges in controlling transit of heroin and methamphetamine to regional and world markets. Hong Kong has administration. Permanent residents of Hong Kong with PRC nationality hold a different type of passport, called the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport, different from that for PRC citizens in Mainland China. Hong Kong permanent residents and mainland Chinese need a passport-like document to cross the Sino-Hong Kong border. Visitors from other countries and regions not participating in waiver programme are required to apply for visas directly to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. In accordance with Article 151 of the Basic Law, Hong Kong concluded over 20 agreements with foreign states in 2010 on matters such as economic and financial co-operation, maritime technical co-operation, postal co-operation and co-operation on wine-related businesses. With the authorisation of the Central People's Government of the PRC, Hong Kong concluded 12 bilateral agreements with foreign states on air services, investment promotion and protection, mutual legal assistance and visa abolition during the year.

The Chief Executive of Hong Kong & other senior officials make a duty visit to foreign countries. These visits aim to advance Hong Kong's economic and trade relations with the foreign countries. During these visits, the Chief Executive will meet with political and business leaders; the head of state or head of government of the foreign countries will receive the Chief Executive. For example, former Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa made three visits to the United States during his term. In these three visits, Tung Chee-hwa met with the U. S. President in the Oval Office at the White House. Chief Executive Donald Tsang had visited Japan, South Korea, United Kingdom, United States, New Zealand, Brazil, India and other countries during his term of government. For example, Chief Executive Donald Tsang visited London and Edinburgh in 2011 as part of his European tour to renew ties with the UK and promote Hong Kong as a gateway to Asia, he met Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne.

In mid-2011, Donald Tsang visited Australia in June to strengthen ties between Hong Kong and Australia, promote trade opportunities, encourage more Australian companies resources companies, to list in Hong Kong. During his visit, Mr Tsang held meetings with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, as well as the leader of the Opposition, Tony Abbott, the Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop. Many foreign dignitaries visit Hong Kong each year; the number of such visits has grown since 1997 as many of them have included Hong Kong as a destination on their trips to China, while others have visited Hong Kong to see "one country, two systems" in operation. The level of VIP visits is boosted by major international conferences held in Hong Kong in recent years. In 2009–2012, there were 11 official visits to Hong Kong, including the visits of the Prime Minister of Canada, Secretary of State of the United States of Amer

Mo Beauty

Mo Beauty is the debut album by Clap Your Hands Say Yeah frontman Alec Ounsworth. It was released October 2009, on Anti- Records. In August 2009, Ounsworth released Bones as Flashy Python; the title is the name of shop in the Tremé section of New Orleans, a photograph of, on the album cover. "Modern Girl" "Bones in the Grave" "Holy, Holy Moses" "That Is Not My Home" "Idiots in the Rain" "South Philadelphia" "What Fun." "Me and You, Watson" "Obscene Queen Bee #2" "When You've No Eyes" "Dr. So and So" "Big Microscope" "Dim Wit Road" Alec Ounsworth - Vocals, Guitar George Porter, Jr. - Bass guitar Stanton MooreDrums Robert WalterKeyboards, B3 Organ Matt Sutton – Baritone and Pedal Steel Guitars Steve Berlin - Producer Mark Mullins, Craig Klein, Greg Hicks, Washboard Chaz, Shannon Powell, John Boute, Al "Carnival Time" Johnson, Meschiya Lake. - Various Instrumentation

Alpine goat

The Alpine is a medium to large sized breed of domestic goat known for its good milking ability. They have no set markings, they have a straight profile and erect ears. The breed originated in the French Alps. Mature does weigh around 61 kg, are about 76 cm tall at the shoulder. Alpine goats can range from gray to brown and black. Alpine goats are heavy milkers; the milk can be made into butter, soap, ice cream or any other dairy product made from cow's milk. They are used for commercial dairy production, as well as homestead milk goats. Several sub-types of Alpine goats have emerged, namely: Purebred Alpines: the original type from the French Alps American Alpines: Alpines with other genetic influences after their introduction to the United States. American Alpines have much of the visual type and temperament as French Alpines, but may have less standard markings or conformation due to crossbreeding. Alpine goats are a medium to large sized breed. Males are over 81 cm tall at the withers and females are over 76 cm tall at the withers.

Their hair is short to medium in length, they come in all colours and combinations of colours. They have erect ears and a straight profile, are described as being "alertly graceful" with the ability to adapt to any climate thanks to their hardy nature, they are the only breed with erect ears that comes in all combinations of colours. The sexual maturation rate among Alpine goats is at four to five months after birth for buck kids, five to six months after birth for doe kids. However, doe kids should not be bred. A doe’s gestation lasts for 145 – 155 days, with 150 being the average. Twins are the most common. Alpine goats are friendly and curious, however they can be independent and strong-willed; the American Dairy Goat Association faults all-white and Toggenburg patterned individuals. Alpines goats originated in the French Alps. Known for its milk, the Alpine goat is famous for its rich dairy production. Alpine goats are popular in the dairy industry for their docile temperament, high quality milk output and long lactation.

Alpine milk has low fat content, with an average fat percent of 3.4%. It balances itself in terms of the amount of protein. Alpine goats' milk has 2.3 g of protein per 250 ml while cow’s milk has 3.4. A higher protein count is not always good, since it packs more calories with an increased fat content. Compared to Saanen goat milk, it is higher in all nutritional aspects, except the fat content, making it a much healthier choice. Alpine goats are one of the top milk producers, alongside Toggenburg goats, they are distinct from the other two due to their low value of fat content. This could be a direct correlation between the weight of its habitual environment. However, the Nubian goat's weight is similar to that of the Alpines at maturity, yet it produces less milk, containing a higher proportion of fat, than the Alpine goats; the peak periods for milk production occur after four to six weeks of parturition. The optimal weight at which a goat produces optimal milk production is at least 130 pounds.

For the Alpine goat that number is higher at 135 pounds and produces 2,134 pounds of milk per lactation. Good nutrition, proper milking procedures, reproductive management, disease control are factors that contribute to milk production of the Alpine Goat. There are four requirements. Dairy goats must be housed in specific conditions so that their milk production is not alarmed by changes. Changes in external factors can cause a decrease in milk production due to the pressure applied on the goat to adapt to these changes; the four factors for optimal production are: adequate ventilation, dry beds, uncontaminated feeder and water supply, minimal labor and disturbance. Alpine milk, as with all goat milk, must be filtered and chilled upon separation from the lactating doe when intended for human consumption; the temperature at which milk will remain the best is at 4.4 °C. Cooling is required of the milk so that there is no excess bacteria growth. Warm bacteria grows at multiplies so that the milk is spoiled.

The milk, refrigerated has a shelf life of about three to four weeks. Freezing the milk increases its shelf life by about four to five weeks. Alpine Goats

St Mary's Church, Ilminster

The Church of St Mary in Ilminster, England, dates from the 15th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building. Ilminster takes its name from the River Isle and its large church of St Mary, known as The Minster; the 15th-century Hamstone building was refurbished in 1825 by William Burgess and the chancel restored in 1883. Further restoration took place in 1887–1889 and 1902. Among the principal features are the Wadham tombs; the tower, built in the first quarter of the 16th century, rises two storeys above the nave. It has three bays, with a stair turret to the north-west corner; the bays are articulated by slender buttresses with crocketed finials above the castellated parapet. Each bay on both stages contains a tall two-light mullioned-and-transomed window with tracery; the lights to the top are filled with pierced stonework. The stair turret has string courses coinciding with those on the tower, a spirelet with a weathervane; the pipe organ has two pedals, with 19 speaking stops.

A specification of the organ can be found in the National Pipe Organ Register. The tower contains a peal of 8 bells, it contains a ring of 8 bells, with the 4th and 6th of the ring dating from 1611 and 1614 the 5th dating from 1732 cast by Thomas I. Bilbie, the tenor from 1790 cast by William Bilbie of the Bilbie family. List of Grade I listed buildings in South Somerset List of towers in Somerset List of ecclesiastical parishes in the Diocese of Bath and Wells Media related to St Mary's Church at Wikimedia Commons

List of About a Boy episodes

About a Boy is an American comedy series created by Jason Katims for NBC, based on the 1998 novel of the same title by Nick Hornby and using elements from the 2002 film screenplay by Peter Hedges, Chris Weitz and Paul Weitz. The series premiered on February 22, 2014 with a special preview of the pilot episode, before moving to its regular time slot on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 9:00 pm EST following The Voice. Successful songwriter and bachelor Will Freeman lives a carefree life as the "ultimate man-child", his perfect world is turned upside down when single mom Fiona and her charming, yet awkward 11-year-old son Marcus move in next door. A total of 33 episodes have been produced over two seasons, only 27 of which aired before being canceled on May 8, 2015. Official website About a Boy – list of episodes on IMDb

Care Ambulance Service

Care Ambulance Service provides ambulance transport and 9-1-1 response services providing basic life support and critical care for patients in Los Angeles and Orange counties in California, United States. Care was founded by Carl Richardson and Jack Dossett as a one-ambulance operation in 1969; the company continues to be operated by the Richardson family and is now run by Carl's sons and Rick. Care received national accreditation in 1993 from the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services certifying that it exceeds the basic standards required for state licensing as an ambulance service. In 2011, Care Ambulance was acquired by Falck USA. Falck has the world’s largest international ambulance fleet, is the third largest ambulance provider in the United States. In 2015, Care was awarded a contract to serve 12 new Orange County cities following a controversial bidding process that the Orange County Register called "long and troubled". Care Ambulance is divided into three divisions, Orange County, Riverside County and Los Angeles County.

The Orange County division is based out of the main headquarters in Orange, while the Los Angeles division is based in Santa Fe Springs. Care Ambulance has 15 substations in Los Angeles County. Care provides 24-hour service from Basic Life Support ambulances staffed by two Emergency Medical Technicians, they provide Critical Care Transport ambulances staffed by EMTs, a licensed Critical Care Transport Nurse, a Respiratory Care Practitioner if required. Care Ambulance vehicles are white with a pale blue strip running down the length of the vehicle from the hood before angling downward near the rear of the vehicle. Another stripe comes from the rear of the vehicle and angles upward when it encounters the front strip. Aliso Viejo Anaheim Buena Park Costa Mesa Cypress Dana Point Fountain Valley Fullerton Garden Grove Irvine La Habra La Palma Ladera Ranch Laguna Hills Laguna Niguel Laguna Woods Lake Forest Los Alamitos Midway City Rancho Santa Margarita San Juan Capistrano Santa Ana Seal Beach Stanton Tustin Artesia Bell Bell Gardens Bellflower Cerritos Commerce Cudahy East Los Angeles Hawaiian Gardens Huntington Park La Mirada Maywood Montebello Norwalk Pico Rivera Santa Fe Springs Signal Hill Whittier Pomona Claremont San Dimas Glendora Azusa Covina La Canada Altadena Baldwin Park Rosemead El Monte Diamond Bar Rowland Heights La Puente La Habra Heights Walnut Official website