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Lam Tsuen wishing trees

The Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees are a popular shrine in Hong Kong located near the Tin Hau Temple in Fong Ma Po Village, Lam Tsuen. The temple was built around 1768 or 1771, during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty; the two banyan trees are frequented by locals during the Lunar New Year. They burnt joss sticks, wrote their wishes on joss paper tied to an orange threw them up to hang in these trees, it was believed that if the paper hung onto one of the tree branches, these wishes would come true. This practice was discouraged by the authorities after 12 February 2005, when one of the branches gave way and injured two people. Instead, wooden racks are set up in place for joss papers to be hung while a period of conservation is imposed to help these trees recover and flourish; the Hong Kong Morris, a morris dancing team based in Hong Kong, dances at the Wishing Tree on 1 May each year to celebrate the arrival of summer. Lam Tsuen has been a residential area since the Song Dynasty, about 700 years ago.

The commencement of residence was believed to be in 1287 A. D. Tin Hau Temple, which the wishing trees locate aside, was built during the Qianlong period in the Qing Dynasty, it was used as the ‘highest administrative body’ in Lam Tsuen, responsible for policies and administration of the villages covered in Lam Tsuen. Luk Wo Tong was made a substitute of Tin Hau Temple in 1954 by the Lam Tsuen Valley Committee. Lam Tsuen wishing tree was an ordinary camphor tree where a tablet for enshrining and worshipping Pak Kung was placed; as years passed, the branches and leaves withered and it became a hollow tree. People started to believe that Lam Tsuen wishing tree was magical after a legend: a man whose son had had a slow learning progress made a wish to a hollow tree. After that, his son’s academic performance has shown drastic improvement; this was spread to other people and an influx of them flocking to make their wishes to the hollow tree occurred. That hollow tree therefore became renowned. There are four wishing trees in Lam Tsuen.

Different trees symbolise various wishes. The first tree prays for career and wealth; the second tree is for pregnancy. For the third tree, it states. Yet, the fourth tree is believed to be most special, it is a fake 25-foot wishing tree made of plastic. This plastic fake wishing tree allows worshippers to throw their wishes to the tree, called “Bao Die” in Chinese. A traditional “ Bao Die “ includes an orange and it ties with a yellow paper. Worshippers can write their name, date of birth and wishes on the yellow paper and throw it to the wishing tree. If you can throw the “Bao die” and it hangs up on the tree or its branches, the myth said your wishes can come true. However, if it drops, the legend reckoned, but still, if the “wishes” drop, do not give up, try more and keep throwing until you make your wishes success. Lam Tsuen holds the Hong Kong Well-Wishing Festival found in 2011, is the local characteristic Chinese New Year celebration activity which attracts hundreds of thousands local citizens and tourists from all over the world to Lam Tsuen every year.

Held every first and 15th of the first month in lunar calendar and locates in Village in Lam Tsuen in Tai Po, Lam Tsuen Wishing Tree Festival has become an activity in Chinese New Year. Various activities at the festival include throwing wishing placard, setting wishing lanterns to make wish, joining international float exhibition, shopping in food carnival and setting lantern light to celebrate new born babies; the festival is held by the collaboration with Lam Tsuen. The reporters said that the festival attracted many local citizens and visitors to visit and enjoy a series of activities. Citizens can alight at Fong Ma Po, they can take Minibus 25K and get off at Lam Tsuen Wishing Trees. Taking taxi at MTR Tai Wo Station can arrive Lam Tsuen. On Feb 12, 2005, the fourth day of the Chinese New Year, one of the branches was broken due to large amount of oranges and paper offerings were thrown onto the banyan tree; the accident has injured a man aged a four-year-old boy. Tree experts soon examined the structure and the condition of the wishing tree, concluding that all unhealthy branches would be removed, wounds on the tree had been treated as to avoid infection.

As a result, the throwing of “Bao Die” was prohibited by the government after the incident, meanwhile reinforcing the wishing tradition by letting people hang the offerings on a wooden frame placed next to the original banyan tree. Due to the lack of attractiveness of the attraction, A new plastic tree from Guangzhou was purchased in late 2009, plastic mandarin oranges are now only allowed to be tied to the branches; the tradition was able to continue since then. Lam Tsuen River Wish Tree

Olearia avicenniifolia

Olearia avicenniifolia, known as mountain akeake, is a flowering plant in the aster family. It is endemic to New Zealand where it is found on the southern coastlines of the South Island and on Stewart Island, it is classified as Not Threatened. Mountain akeake is a bushy shrub or tree that grows up to 6 metres tall and 3 metres wide, it has papery bark and angular branchlets covered in white tomentum. Leaves are oblong-lanceolate in shape, they are dark green in colour with a white underside. Leaf length varies between 5–10 cm long and 3–5 cm wide. Flowers are daisy-like with white rays and purple central disks, they have a sweet scent. Flowers are about 5 centimetres wide and carried in clusters of three to ten; the flowers develop into fluffy seeds. It was first described in 1946 by Raoul as Shawia avicenniifolia and transferred to the Olearia genus by Joseph Hooker in 1864

California Car (railcar)

The California Car is the first generation of intercity railcars owned by the California Department of Transportation and operated by Amtrak under the Amtrak California brand on intercity corridor routes in Northern and Central California. The cars were built in the mid-1990s for the Caltrans Division of Rail by Morrison–Knudsen and the American Passenger Rail Car Company; the cars are similar to Amtrak's Superliner, but original in design to provide rolling stock suitable for California intercity services up to six hours, with more frequent stops than most other Amtrak routes. All cars were overhauled by Alstom at its Mare Island facility between 2009 and 2012. In 1990, California residents passed Propositions 108, 111 and 116. Combined, the three measures authorized the sale of nearly $3 billion in bonds for the creation of rail services across the state including commuter rail and intercity rail. With this new source of money, the California Department of Transportation set out to specify a standardized railcar that would be suitable for rail operations across the state.

The result of this effort were original designs for both intercity and commuter rail cars, optimized for California service within the volume defined by the Amtrak Superliner. While the commuter rail version was never built, the intercity version has become successful; the first generation of these Bi-Level intercity cars was dubbed the "California Car" and incorporated numerous innovative features specified for California's intercity services. These include two large entry vestibules for high-volume passenger loading and unloading, two automatically controlled door pairs per side, an on-board wheelchair lift, two straight staircases, bicycle storage, large workstation tables, a food service car with an elevator to move food storage cars to the sales counter on the upper level, center aisles of width compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, control cab cars to allow for push-pull operation. Caltrans awarded the $155 million contract to build the California Cars to Morrison–Knudsen in February 1992.

Morrison–Knudsen would spin off it transit car manufacturing unit as the American Passenger Rail Car Company, or Amerail, in October 1995, who would complete the order. The first cars were delivered in early 1995 and were first put in service on the San Diegan line, followed by the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins routes. Train crews encountered problems with the new cars, the biggest being the automatic doors; the doors failed ten times more than cars operated by other agencies, causing service delays. Despite the problems, deliveries continued, the final car arrived in California in the summer of 1997. In early 1998, documents obtained by the Contra Costa Times under the California Public Records Act revealed that in some cars floor panels were sagging and the suspension system was deemed "highly suspect and unstable." Caltrans staff members and consultants warned that the cars didn't live up to their cost and recommended extending warranties on floor panels for five years. Despite those warnings, signed a settlement with the manufacturer in which Amerail agreed to make some repairs and agreed to warranty coverage only through August 1999.

Caltrans defended the cars, calling them fundamentally sound and saying the settlement was the best deal available as Amerail was preparing to go out of business. After the problematic delivery of the California Car, Amtrak set out to create a more advanced and reliable second generation of Bi-Level intercity car; these newer cars, dubbed the "Surfliner" were ordered from Alstom in February 1998 and were delivered between 2000 and 2001. The delivery of the new cars allowed Caltrans to remove the California Cars from the used San Diegan route and assign them to operate only on the less demanding Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins routes. Due to the ongoing issues with the California Cars, Caltrans decided in 2009 to overhaul the 10 year old fleet, about 10 years ahead of schedule. Caltrans awarded the $13 million overhaul contract to Alstom, the manufacturer of the Surfliner cars. Between 2009 and 2012, Alstom repaired the cars at its Mare Island, California facility which included a complete replacement of the door systems.

The overhaul has improved reliability of the California Cars, which still see heavy use on the Capitol Corridor and San Joaquins routes. 66 California Cars were built in four different types. 32 coach cars were built for Amtrak California and all are named after rivers. The coach cars have 76 seats on the upper level, 13 seats on the lower level and one wheelchair position on the lower level. There are 6 workstation tables on the upper level allowing groups of 4 to meet around a table with each other. There 2 sets of club seating areas without tables where groups of 4 can sit facing each other. At the far ends of each coach car there are single seats on each side of the end door with a glass partition; the lower level has a large luggage rack. On Capitol Corridor trains the shelves on the luggage rack are stowed, revealing securements for 3 bikes. 6 coach/baggage cars were built for Amtrak California and all are named after bays. The layout of upper level of the coach/baggage cars is identical to the coach cars with 76 seats, 6 tables and 2 club seating areas.

The lower level has 7 seats, one wheelchair position, one restroom and a locked compartment used to store checked baggage. There is a staircase leading from the upper level down into this compartment which has a locked door at the top of the stairs; the coach/baggage

Osvaldo Ramírez

Osvaldo Manuel Ramírez is an Argentine retired professional footballer who played as a midfielder. Ramírez got his career underway in the ranks of Universitario Paraná, though soon left for Agrupación Deportivo Francia. Youth moves to Independiente, Colón and Unión Santa Fe occurred. Primera B Metropolitana side Talleres were Ramírez's first senior club, as he featured five times in the 2004–05 campaign, he spent the succeeding year with Atlético Paraná, before moving on to fellow Torneo Argentino B outfit 9 de Julio. After six goals in forty-three for the aforementioned team, Ramírez signed for Deportivo Roca in 2008. Thirty-six matches and two goals followed in two seasons, which preceded a return to Atlético Paraná. Further stints with Sarmiento and Belgrano arrived, either side of a spell with Central Córdoba in Torneo Argentino A. In January 2015, Ramírez joined Sportivo Patria, his first appearance came in a win against Unión Sunchales in May, while he netted for the first time in Sportivo Patria colours on 1 August versus Andino.

He remained for three campaigns in Torneo Federal A, making forty total appearances for them alongside two goals. Ramírez appeared for Chaco For Ever throughout 2017–18, notably receiving a red card during his final encounter on 15 April 2018 in a 2–1 victory over Alvarado. All Boys, of Primera B Metropolitana, became Ramírez's tenth senior club in July 2018, he made his debut in a fixture with Sacachispas on 29 August. As of 16 April 2019. Osvaldo Ramírez at Soccerway

Bleu noir

Bleu noir is the eighth studio album by French Star singer Mylène Farmer, released 6 December 2010. Farmer's label set up a web site to promote the album on 3 November 2010. For some of her fans this album is a return to her roots, it has drawn favorable comparisons to Innamoramento and the albums prior to Anamorphosée. This album seems to depict the artist as a woman at her prime, confident in her achievements and able to express herself without sacrificing her integrity. Farmer has written the lyrics and Moby and RedOne have composed the music for the album; the first single from the album is "Oui mais... non". The single was released on 11 October 2010; the music video of "Leila" premiered at the album's temporary website on 22 November 2010, but there has not been any plan to release the song as a single. The album entered the French Digital Chart with over 9,100 downloads; the next week, the album entered the physical chart at number one, selling 139,176 units in the first week. Both performances were deemed as records in terms of sales.

Bleu noir is Farmer's first studio album since 1991's L'Autre to outperform its predecessor in terms of national sales. In 2010, Bleu noir has sold 328,783 copies. On 22 January 2011, it was revealed that the second single would be the title track of the same name and will be released the following month. However, the release of the single was delayed due to the production of remixes of "Bleu noir"; the music video of "Bleu noir" premiered at the album's temporary website on 16 March 2011. On 4 December 2013, "Diabolique mon ange" was released on French radio as single from Farmer's sixth live album, Timeless 2013. All lyrics are written except Track 11, written by Moby. List of number-one singles of 2010

Shoeburyness railway station

Shoeburyness railway station is the eastern terminus of the London and Southend Railway line, serving the town of Shoeburyness, Essex. It is 39 miles 40 chains down the main line from London Fenchurch Street via Basildon, its three-letter station code is SRY. It was opened in 1884; the station and all trains serving it are operated by c2c. Shoeburyness is arranged in a through-station layout despite being a terminus, it was opened on 1 February 1884 by the London and Southend Railway. As a result of this layout, the station has step-free access from the town's high street to all of its platforms. Platforms 1 and 2 have an operational length for thirteen-coach trains and Platform 3 an operational length for nine-coach trains. A connection exists to the Ministry of Defence site nearby at Pig's Bay, to the east over a level crossing on the high street, extensive carriage sidings exist to the west comprising 31 sidings; the ticket office is equipped with the TRIBUTE ticket issuing system. The station has sheltered bicycle storage, a taxicab rank, a car park.

The station was renovated in January 2013 to improve customer safety and facilities for the c2c customers. When the London Underground's District line operated a seasonal non-stop excursion train service between 1910 and 1939 through to the Southend area, Shoeburyness was the terminus; the typical off-peak service frequency is: 4 tph to London Fenchurch Street, of which: 2 tph call at all stations via Basildon. On weekends there are some services that run to/from Liverpool Street station via Stratford and some that run via Tilbury Town railway station. All services are operated by c2c. C2c Online - Shoeburyness station Southend TimelineTrain times and station information for Shoeburyness railway station from National Rail Media related to Shoeburyness railway station at Wikimedia Commons