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China’s Kubuqi Desert becoming an enviable paradise

By China’s Kubuqi Desert becoming an enviable paradise (People’s Daily Online)    17:10, July 14, 2017

Kubuqi Desert is the seventh biggest desert in China that has been transformed into an enviable environment.

Authorities in Kubuqi Desert Community in northern China’s Inner Mongolia are proud enough to tell good stories about the transformation of a once solely desert area into an enviable paradise on earth.

It was in 2016 when Wenbiao Wang, Chairman of China Elion Resources Group, assured that he would control 10,000 square kilometres desertification in five years and help 100,000 people get out of poverty which is the development affirmation and concern of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government. Since 2016, Elion Group has launched the second desertification control eco-industrial poverty alleviation plan for100, 000 people.

The authorities have so far succeeded in bringing 36, 000 people from poverty out of 102,000 poor people since the 18th CPC National Congress.

Zhao Yong, Vice Chief Executive Officer of Elion Group said government’s policy support, enterprise’s industrial investment, poor household’s market participation, and biological persistence improvement are the key mechanisms that have helped a lot in transforming the Desert Community.

Kubuqi Desert was a barren land with no water, electricity, or future, nearly 30 years ago. To alleviate poverty through desertification control, Elion Resources Group (ELION) has successfully afforested an area of over 6,000 square kilometres out of 18, 000 square kilometres by means of technological innovation, leading to a 95 percent decrease in sand-dust weather and an increase by six times in precipitation in Kubuqi.

Local authorities are cooperating with companies including Elion to give people opportunities to increase their income following the central government’s command.

It was in 2006 that Elion started implementing a scheme moving to house the herdsmen who were scattered across the 400 square kilometres of the Kubuqi Desert by implementing eco-migration.

Farmers were, therefore, paid 30 yuan (US$ 4.43) daily to do so, which initially proved worthwhile because of the motivation it gave, but the lack of adequate knowledge soon defeated the plan as less and less trees survived with time.

Now the about 100,000 people not only have permanent residences built for them free of charge, but they have well-paid jobs, alternative livelihoods and regular incomes of not less than 30,000 yuan (US$ 4,425.63) annually.

African journalists Give a helping hand on Tree planting in a Forest Farm

Generally, desertification and drought are two major problems that constrain the balanced global development. In China, two thirds of the territory is in the West and one third of it is desert, in which one third of China’s poor people live.

“Combating desertification by utilizing desert and to promote economic development in desert communities to bring prosperity to all the people in these areas have become an important issues for development of China’s western regions and China’s goal of common prosperity,” says Zhao Yong during the visit of African Journalists to Kubuqi Desert.

Abu Bakarr Kargbo is a Senior Staff Writer of Standard Times Newspaper in Sierra Leone and an intern at the People’s Daily Online. 

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Handwritten Draft of The Bible Discovered Proves Complete Work of Fiction

Shows how religious narratives progressed through revisions
By: Jay Greenberg |@NeonNettle on 14th July 2017 @ 4.45pm
The draft of the Bible includes notes and commentry
An early draft of the Bible has been discovered at the University of Cambridge in the UK that has been marked as one of the most significant discoveries in modern history.
The handwritten draft was found after it had been mislabeled inside an archive and had gone undetected for decades.
The book has been confirmed by leading experts as an early working of The King James Bible which is one of the most influential and widely read books in the English language.
The discovery has been hailed as definitive proof that Bible is a work of fiction as it shows a process of revising, cutting, and then more rewriting, which contradicts popular belief that the book is the “divine word of God”.
The King James Bible or simply the Authorized Version, is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England that combines books from the Old and New Testaments as well as other Christian scriptures.
The notes and commentary in the recently discovered draft of this book show how “best bits” were cherry-picked from the original books and were then embellished, exaggerated or rewritten to make for “better reading”. T
here are also indications that sections were written under orders from the King to that would conform to the idea that the Royal bloodline was a divine one, to instill a false belief in the “common” people that the hierarchy of the ruling Elites was justified.
The notebook containing the draft was found by an American scholar, Jeffrey Alan Miller, an assistant professor of English at Montclair State University in New Jersey, who announced his research in an article in The Times Literary Supplement.
Mr. Miller was researching an essay about Samuel Ward, one of the King James translators, and was hoping to find an unknown letter at the archives.
While you can say he certainly accomplished that end, he definitely wasn’t expecting to find the earliest draft of the King James Bible — which is now giving new insights into how the Bible was constructed.
He first came across the plain notebook not knowing what it was — it was incorrectly labeled. That’s why no one has found it until now.
It had been cataloged in the 1980s as a “verse-by-verse” Biblical commentary with “Greek word studies, and some Hebrew notes.”
When he tried in vain to figure out which passages of the Bible the commentary was referring to, he realized that it was no commentary at all — it was an early draft of part of the King James Version of the Bible.
Professor Miller described what it felt like when he first knew what he had in his hands:

“There was a kind of thunderstruck, leap-out-of-bathtub moment. But then comes the more laborious process of making sure you are 100 percent correct.”
The material in the manuscript discovered by Miller covers the apocryphal books called Esdras and Wisdom and seems to show that the translation process at Cambridge worked completely different than what researchers had previously known.

Until now, it had been assumed that six different teams, or companies of translators that is, had worked more collaboratively rather than individually. Yet — this draft throws that idea out the window.

Ward’s draft seems to indicate the people were assigned individual sections of the Bible and then worked on them almost entirely by themselves — a massive undertaking with little guesswork.
You would think this would cause people to become more error prone. In fact, quite hilariously, Professor Miller noticed that the draft suggests that Ward was picking up the slack for another translator. This really shows how human the entire job was, according to him.
“Some of them, being typical academics, either fell down on the job or just decided not to do it. It really testifies to the human element of this kind of great undertaking.”
While this finding certainly doesn’t disprove God, it does show that the translators of the Bible didn’t get a finalized product the first go around — it wasn’t a walk in the park with an angel over their shoulder telling them what to write.
It does, however, offer definitive proof that the Bible isn’t the “actual word of God” and that the words in the Bible shouldn’t be taken literally. The finding clearly shows how people can be manipulated into submission by offering up stories of other human beings who have “divine powers” as a way of controlling them, in a way not too dissimilar from the way governments use the mainstream media to brainwash the public today.
This book took many different individuals, working separately — and they often suffered from man-made struggles, like meeting deadlines.
You know, now that we think of it, doesn’t sound that much different from the writers of today’s workforce.

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