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    Thumbs up Chit-Chat Column: Year 2007 is the Year of the ......

    Greetings,

    WELCOME TO YEAR 2007 !!!

    Hope that everyone has enjoyed YEAR 2006.

    Many members@Badminton Central know that YEAR 2007 is the Year of the Pig(Boar).

    But the United Nations Organisation is telling us not to forget the Dolphins.

    Here is an article;

    Cheers... chris@ccc

    ====== start article ======



    Welcome to the Year of the Dolphin


    Dolphins are intrinsically tied to our cultural history and awareness. Living in oceans and rivers, they are a living treasure of our blue planet. However their survival is becoming increasingly difficult. Dolphins need clean and quiet oceans, protected areas and people who care.

    The UN Convention on Migratory Species, together with its specialized agreements on dolphin conservation ACCOBAMS and ASCOBANS and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society WDCS have declared 2007 the Year of the Dolphin.

    The United Nations, Governments, intergovernmental organizations, NGOs and the private sector, namely TUI, are building a strong alliance to achieve a common objective: to protect dolphins. A crucial factor in achieving this is education to create awareness of dolphin species, educate, inform decision makers and involve local communities. Therefore, the Year of the Dolphin will be part of the UN Decade on Education for Sustainable Development. The campaign is also a tangible contribution towards meeting targets to reduce the loss of wildlife by 2010 which all Governments have agreed through the UN.

    Patron of the Year of the Dolphin is H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.

    "The Year of the Dolphin gives me the opportunity to renew my firm commitment towards protecting marine biodiversity. With this strong initiative we can make a difference to save these fascinating marine mammals from the brink of extinction." H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco

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    Year of the pig but it is the "golden" pig year.

    'Golden Pig Year' Baby-Boom: Auspicious or Suspicious?
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    Maternity hospitals in Shanghai have been busier than usual over the past few months as many young women try to have babies next year, an especially auspicious time according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

    "I found there are many pregnant women this year," said local resident Jiang Yan. "I know friends, co-workers and other people working in my office building that are all going to have kids. Some of them did tell me they want to give birth to a 'golden pig baby' for the good luck."

    The lunar calendar gives each year one of 12 zodiac signs with years rotating through the five elements - gold, wood, water, fire and earth.

    Children born when the Year of the Pig coincides with the element of gold, occurring once every 60 years, are said to be blessed.

    However, the expected baby boom is causing headaches for doctors.

    "Pregnant women will be given a number first every morning and wait for a check-up," said a doctor from Changning District Maternity and Child Health Hospital, adding that every day the hospital had welcomed 20 newly pregnant women coming for their first check.

    Normally, women don't need to take a number to get a health exam, the doctor clarified.

    A pregnant woman identifying herself as Yueyue said she learned about the "Golden Pig Year" from her mother. "I cannot tell whether it is true or not," Yueyue said. "But I chose to believe it rather than miss a good opportunity."

    The Shanghai Population and Family Planning Commission predicted that 131,000 babies will be born in the city this year, up from 123,901 last year. This number will rise to about 137,000 next year and peak in 2015 at 160,000.

    City officials are concerned that this baby boom will trigger a spate of generational social problems, such as over-crowding in schools and in the job markets, problems that could stay active for several decades.

    (Shanghai Daily November 8, 2006)

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    Question Elements in a different order in Shanghai ???

    Hi Cheung,

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung

    The lunar calendar gives each year one of 12 zodiac signs with years rotating through the five elements - gold, wood, water, fire and earth.

    With my Chinese background from Southern China, I thought the 5 elements are metal, water, wood, fire and earth, and in that order.

    Quote Originally Posted by Cheung

    Year of the pig but it is the "golden" pig year.
    Perhaps, the elements are in a different order in Shanghai

    In my calculations, Year 2007 should be the Year of the Fire Pig.

    Cheers... chris@ccc



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    Default Yep, tis the year of the Fire Boar....

    Quote Originally Posted by chris@ccc
    In my calculations, Year 2007 should be the Year of the Fire Pig
    Cheers... chris@ccc
    ..chris@ccc sure knows his Chinese Astrological calendar..hehe
    (Cheung, you sure that wasn't taken from an older article??hehe)
    according to http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/iccp/2002/...alcalendar.htm, tis the yr of the Fire Boar/Pig..
    (each element will lasts approx. 2 yrs, so the next "Golden"/metal yr will be in 3 yrs; 2010-2011. 2008-2009 will relate to the Earth element)
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    Any piggies on here?

    No, I'm not being rude et al.

    I'm a kid.

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    Thumbs up Astrological Link

    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad

    ..chris@ccc sure knows his Chinese Astrological calendar..hehe
    (Cheung, you sure that wasn't taken from an older article??hehe)
    according to http://www.kuleuven.ac.be/iccp/2002/...alcalendar.htm, tis the yr of the Fire Boar/Pig..
    (each element will lasts approx. 2 yrs, so the next "Golden"/metal yr will be in 3 yrs; 2010-2011. 2008-2009 will relate to the Earth element)
    Hi ctjcad,

    Thank you for your Astrological Link.

    Found interesting info there, that I have not known.

    Cheers... chris@ccc

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris@ccc
    Hi Cheung,

    With my Chinese background from Southern China, I thought the 5 elements are metal, water, wood, fire and earth, and in that order.

    Perhaps, the elements are in a different order in Shanghai

    In my calculations, Year 2007 should be the Year of the Fire Pig.

    Cheers... chris@ccc


    Hmmm... This does sound strange. Myself also was told from various sources that this year is the "gold" year...

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    umm, have to admit I'm no chinese astrologer but I got the information from the local newspaper here in HK as well..

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    We may have to wait for a long time before Gold year is here so the astrologer pronounce it as a GOLD YEAR. Anything can happen you know, even Pluto is not a planet anymore.

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    from wikipedia, it said 2007 should be the Fire Boar or pig year
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_(zodiac)

    Also, the Metal is silver.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_%...cal_element%29

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    from wikipedia, it said 2007 should be the Fire Boar or pig year
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_(zodiac)

    Also, the Metal is silver.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metal_%...cal_element%29
    Eh, about the second article. Bad translation, I think. In Chinese, it's gold. Dunno why they changed it to metal. I have no idea, personally, about whether it's a fire or gold year, but all I know is that it's not my year! Still waiting, gotta wait until I'm 24, so quite a while.

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    Smile Approximately, 1 in every 12 members@BC should be piggies

    Quote Originally Posted by wilfredlgf

    Any piggies on here?
    No, I'm not being rude et al.
    I'm a kid.
    Hi wilfredlgf,

    Approximately, 1 in every 12 members@BC should be piggies.

    Cheers... chris@ccc

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    I know there's an 8.3% chance of finding a piggy from every one hundred members but who are they?

    I'm a kid, by the way.

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    Thumbs up 2007: Year of the crane

    Quote Originally Posted by ants

    We may have to wait for a long time before Gold year is here so the astrologer pronounce it as a GOLD YEAR. Anything can happen you know, even Pluto is not a planet anymore.
    Hi ants,

    You are absolutely right...

    Here is a proposal by Huashang Morning Post.
    Link= http://news.xinhuanet.com/society/20...nt_4754560.htm

    Cheers... chris@ccc

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    27-Jun-2006 09:40:20

    2007: Year of the crane

    Latest hare-brained scheme to make the leap from the Internet to print: updating the Chinese zodiac.

    Led by Huashang Morning Post, Chinese print media reported on an online, proposal to drop the rat, snake, rooster, and pig from the roster of 12 zodiac animals, and to replace them with the lion, fish, phoenix, and crane.

    The reasoning in the original forum post is that rats eat grain stores and chew clothing, snakes carry a bad connotation, pigs are lazy, and "rooster" has the same pronunciation as "famine."

    The proposed replacements have more pleasant connotations - the lion is the king of beasts, the phoenix carries good luck, the crane represents long-life, and the fish, of course, is a popular New Year's symbol of plenty.

    Swapping out several animals also has the potential to cut down on superstition-related troubles.

    With the Year of the Rooster changed to Year of the Phoenix, for example, there would no longer be any problem with people born in that year getting married or having children in the Year of the Monkey, a serious no-no according to various folk sayings.

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    Default Haha..that should be interesting..

    Quote Originally Posted by chris@ccc
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    news.xinhuenet
    27-Jun-2006 09:40:20

    2007: Year of the crane

    Latest hare-brained scheme to make the leap from the Internet to print: updating the Chinese zodiac.

    Led by Huashang Morning Post, Chinese print media reported on an online, proposal to drop the rat, snake, rooster, and pig from the roster of 12 zodiac animals, and to replace them with the lion, fish, phoenix, and crane.

    The reasoning in the original forum post is that rats eat grain stores and chew clothing, snakes carry a bad connotation, pigs are lazy, and "rooster" has the same pronunciation as "famine."

    The proposed replacements have more pleasant connotations - the lion is the king of beasts, the phoenix carries good luck, the crane represents long-life, and the fish, of course, is a popular New Year's symbol of plenty.

    Swapping out several animals also has the potential to cut down on superstition-related troubles.

    With the Year of the Rooster changed to Year of the Phoenix, for example, there would no longer be any problem with people born in that year getting married or having children in the Year of the Monkey, a serious no-no according to various folk sayings.

    ====== end article ======
    ...for sure if that were to happen, cooler will then have to go back & revise his Player's Personality - A Chinese Zodiac Perspective thread again here : http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=39570..hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctjcad
    ...for sure if that were to happen, cooler will then have to go back & revise his Player's Personality - A Chinese Zodiac Perspective thread again here : http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...ad.php?t=39570..hehe
    that's a negative.
    we live in a real time dimension and no time reversal had yet been invented. What were borne before the rule change, if any, were already set in their genes. However, if TH turns out to be a compassionate Philantropist and wear sloppy clothings and have sloppy hairs, i will eat my words.

    I believe the original animals are more appropriate, common animals equating to common people. Phoenix, lion, crane sound noble but they are not the majority of the animal kingdom nor have any equivalent traits for replacement. I think the guy proposing this change is a b***head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    that's a negative.
    we live in a real time dimension and no time reversal had yet been invented. What were borne before the rule change, if any, were already set in their genes. However, if TH turns out to be a compassionate Philantropist and wear sloppy clothings and have sloppy hairs, i will eat my words.

    I believe the original animals are more appropriate, common animals equating to common people. Phoenix, lion, crane sound noble but they are not the majority of the animal kingdom nor have any equivalent traits for replacement. I think the guy proposing this change is a b***head.
    ..hmm, what does the Chinese Astrological Calendar say abt the fate of LinDan and/or Taufik for this yr??...Maybe if we can study them a bit we can find out who will be luckier or not so lucky this yr....
    Let's continue the discussion in your thread, cooler : http://www.badmintoncentral.com/foru...556#post493556 ..

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