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Hong Kong

Hong Kong the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China, is a city and special administrative region of China on the eastern side of the Pearl River estuary in southern China. With over 7.4 million people of various nationalities in a 1,104-square-kilometre territory, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated places in the world. Hong Kong became a colony of the British Empire after Qing Empire ceded Hong Kong Island at the end of the First Opium War in 1842; the colony expanded to the Kowloon Peninsula in 1860 after the Second Opium War, was further extended when Britain obtained a 99-year lease of the New Territories in 1898. The territory was returned to China in 1997; as a special administrative region, Hong Kong maintains separate governing and economic systems from that of mainland China under the principle of "one country, two systems". A sparsely populated area of farming and fishing villages, the territory has become one of the world's most significant financial centres and commercial ports.

It is ninth-largest importer. As one of the world's leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has a major capitalist service economy characterised by low taxation and free trade, the currency, Hong Kong dollar, is the eighth most traded currency in the world. Hong Kong hosts the largest concentration of ultra high-net-worth individuals of any city in the world. Although the city has one of the highest per capita incomes in the world, there is severe income inequality among its residents. Hong Kong is a developed territory and ranks fourth on the UN Human Development Index; the city has the largest number of skyscrapers of any city in the world and its residents have some of the highest life expectancies in the world. The dense space led to a developed transportation network with public transport rates exceeding 90 percent. Hong Kong is ranked third behind New York City and London. In an annual ranking of the Index of Economic Freedom, Hong Kong has come out on top 25 years in a row, according to the Heritage Foundation, a U.

S. think tank. The name of the territory, first romanised as "He-Ong-Kong" in 1780 referred to a small inlet located between Aberdeen Island and the southern coast of Hong Kong Island. Aberdeen was an initial point of contact between local fishermen. Although the source of the romanised name is unknown, it is believed to be an early phonetic rendering of the Cantonese pronunciation hēung góng; the name translates as "fragrant harbour" or "incense harbour". "Fragrant" may refer to the sweet taste of the harbour's freshwater influx from the Pearl River or to the odour from incense factories lining the coast of northern Kowloon. The incense was stored near Aberdeen Harbour for export. Sir John Davis offered an alternative origin; the simplified name Hong Kong was used by 1810. The name was commonly written as the single word Hongkong until 1926, when the government adopted the two-word name; some corporations founded during the early colonial era still keep this name, including Hongkong Land, Hongkong Electric Company and Shanghai Hotels and the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation.

The region is first known to have been occupied by humans during the Neolithic period, about 6,000 years ago. Early Hong Kong settlers were a semi-coastal people who migrated from inland and brought knowledge of rice cultivation; the Qin dynasty incorporated the Hong Kong area into China for the first time in 214 BCE, after conquering the indigenous Baiyue. The region was consolidated under the Nanyue kingdom after the Qin collapse, recaptured by China after the Han conquest. During the Mongol conquest of China in the 13th century, the Southern Song court was located in modern-day Kowloon City before its final defeat in the 1279 Battle of Yamen. By the end of the Yuan dynasty, seven large families had settled in the region and owned most of the land. Settlers from nearby provinces migrated to Kowloon throughout the Ming dynasty; the earliest European visitor was Portuguese explorer Jorge Álvares, who arrived in 1513. Portuguese merchants established a trading post called Tamão in Hong Kong waters, began regular trade with southern China.

Although the traders were expelled after military clashes in the 1520s, Portuguese-Chinese trade relations were re-established by 1549. Portugal acquired a permanent lease for Macau in 1557. After the Qing conquest, maritime trade was banned under the Haijin policies; the Kangxi Emperor lifted the prohibition, allowing foreigners to enter Chinese ports in 1684. Qing authorities established the Canton System in 1757 to regulate trade more restricting non-Russian ships to the port of Canton. Although European demand for Chinese commodities like tea and porcelain was high, Chinese interest in European manufactured goods was insignificant, so that Chinese goods could only be bought with precious metals. To reduce the trade imbalance, the British sold large amounts of Indian opium to China. Faced with a drug crisis, Qing officials pursued ever-more-aggressive actions to halt the opium trade. In 1839, the Daoguang Emperor rejected proposals to legalise and tax opium and ordered imperial commissioner Lin Zexu to eradicate the opium trade.

The commissioner destroyed opium stockpiles and halted all foreign trade, triggering a British military resp

KTFD-TV

KTFD-TV, virtual channel 50, is a UniMás-affiliated television station licensed to Denver, United States. The station is owned by Entravision Communications, which operates Boulder-licensed Univision-owned station KCEC under a local marketing agreement with the Univision Local Media subsidiary of Univision Communications; the two stations share studios on Mile High Stadium West Circle in Denver. The station first signed on the air on February 22, 1996 as KTVJ. Founded by Roberts Broadcasting, it operated as an independent station. In January 2003, Roberts sold the station to Univision Communications. Two months on March 10, 2003, the station changed its call sign to KTFD-TV, became an owned-and-operated station of Univision's secondary network TeleFutura. KTFD's signal was relayed on low-power analog translator station KDVT-LP in Denver, owned by Entravision Communications; the translator was never converted to digital, its license was canceled on September 13, 2017. On December 4, 2017, as part of a channel swap made by Entravision Communications, KTFD and sister station KCEC swapped channel numbers, with KTFD moving to digital channel 26 and virtual channel 50.

On January 9, 2019, KTFD completed the migration to digital channel 28 from digital 26 as part of the FCC spectrum auction repack. The station's digital channel is multiplexed KTFD-TV shut down its analog signal, over UHF channel 14, on June 12, 2009, the official date in which full-power television in the United State transitioned from analog to digital broadcasts under federal mandate; the station's digital signal remained on its pre-transition UHF channel 15. Through the use of PSIP, digital television receivers display the station's virtual channel as its former UHF analog channel 14. Official website Query the FCC's TV station database for KTFD-DT Query the FCC's TV station database for KDVT-LP BIAfn's Media Web Database -- Information on KTFD-DT

Skeleton Coast National Park

Skeleton Coast National Park is a national park located in northwest Namibia, has the most inaccessible shores, dotted with shipwrecks. The park was established in 1971 and has a size of 16,845 km2; the park is divided into a northern and southern section, the southern section is open to those with 4 wheel drive vehicles, they are allowed to go up as far as the Ugab River Gate. The northern section can only be reached by a fly-in safari, the area is off-limits to all vehicles; the list of tourist attractions in the park includes a shipwreck at the South West Seal viewpoint, Huab lagoon and the collapsed oil drilling rig. This park is to be included in the Iona - Skeleton Coast Transfrontier Conservation Area. List of national parks of Namibia Skeleton Coast