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  1. Sun days

    Posted Oct 11th 2009, 12:00am by Jin Peh

    ... with Jin Peh You may have noticed that Chinese solar months start at some point between the fourth and eighth day of a Western month. For instance, the ninth solar month of the Chinese calendar (the Month of the Dog) starts on October 8 and runs until November 6. This is dictated by the use of the 24 solar terms or jie chi in fung shui calculations. The 12 jie mark the beginning ...

  2. New eras

    Posted Feb 01st 2009, 12:00am by Jin Peh

    ... with the Gregorian or solar calendar. The solar calendar, which measures the length of time the Earth takes to travel around the sun, has a total of 365.25 days. The difference between the lunar and solar ... date to identify a person's zodiac sign. Rather, the beginning of spring, as denoted on the solar calendar as February 4, is observed as the transition point. ...

  3. The Power and the Glory

    Posted Jan 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... James Kidd The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene (read by Andrew Sachs) AudioGo (audiobook) First things first. The Power and the Glory is one of Graham Greene's finest works. Time magazine included it among its 100 best novels published since 1923. John Updike called it Greene's masterpiece, and I for one am not willing to argue. At the same time, it took a couple ...

  4. Looking for life beats cooking up derivatives

    Posted Mar 08th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the universe may be teeming with life. Since 1995, powerful telescopes on Earth and in space have found at least 337 planets outside our solar system. The Kepler telescope will look for Earth-like ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - MINORITY RIGHTS

    Hong Kong Catholics have same-sex marriage fears after court ruling on transsexual

    Posted May 20th 2013, 12:00am by Stuart Lau, Johnny Tam

    ... consideration to the nature of gender and the impact to families." Raymond Chan Chi-chuen, the openly gay lawmaker of People Power, described the church's approach to minority rights ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books - HISTORY

    Book review: Merchant, Soldier, Sage, by David Priestland

    Posted Mar 24th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... Richard Evans Merchant, Soldier, Sage: A New History of Power by David Priestland Allen Lane In this concise but ambitious book, Oxford historian David Priestland sets himself the task ... of disarray- even looming collapse. Priestland suggests we look not at the interaction of abstract forces but at the concrete competition for power between three major groups in society over the ages- ...

  7. Comment - Insight & Opinion - WHAT THE MAINLAND MEDIA SAY

    'Monkey King' actor fights to save temple

    Posted Apr 14th 2013, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... (618-907) monk who, legend has it, was accompanied by the powerful Monkey King on his journey to India. For some, Zhang's re-emergence underscored the public's growing frustration over ... of. And anything else is a waste." The stories hold that Xuanzang was stalked by demons because they believed a piece of his flesh could provide them with immortality and other powers ...

  8. Lifestyle - Books - undefined

    Scripture under the microscope

    Posted May 05th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... and the power of genetic technologies. Its deflationary tone met a genuine cultural need: "The molecular biology business promotes its wares as well as any other, and the four letters ...

  9. Comment - Insight & Opinion - MY TAKE

    Catholic Church's scandals no mere 'footnotes'

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Alex Lo

    ... Alex Lo alex.lo@scmp.com MY TAKE Catholic scandals no mere 'footnotes' Many people know Paul Kennedy as the author of the bestselling The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers . Now, ... This is the church of this world, of bureaucracy, money and influence, power struggles and abuses, of scandals and cover-ups. Few people have had to live more acutely with this elemental conflict between ...

  10. News - World - CATHOLIC CHURCH

    Papal election sparks frenzy of betting and adopt-a-cardinal

    Posted Mar 10th 2013, 12:00am by AFP

    ... running at 11-to-four for bookmaker William Hill or three-to-one for Paddy Power, meaning a bet on the 61-year-old would not win much cash. The second-ranked cardinal for Saint Peter's ... by William Hill and Paddy Power. Professor Leighton Vaughan Williams, director of the Betting Research Unit at Nottingham Business School in Britain, said this papal election could be one ...




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