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Canada Day 2010

Thu, Jul 1, 2010

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Canada Day 2010

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Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st every year. If it falls on a Sunday, the next day is considered a legal holiday. Canada Day is a statutory holiday throughout Canada.

Canada Day was established by statute in 1879, under the name Dominion Day. It is a commemoration of the day in 1867 that the first colonies of British North America entered Confederation as the Dominion of Canada. Other names used in the past for Canada Day include: First of July, July the First, Confederation Day, and Dominion Day. On October 27, 1982, July 1st, then known as “Dominion Day”, was decreed by Parliament to be known as “Canada Day”.

Canada Day is celebrated with barbeques, parades, music, and of course fireworks in the evening in most of the cities especially in Ottawa with thousands Canadian flags and Canadians singing Oh Canada.

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East Africa now a common market!

Wed, Jun 30, 2010

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East Africa now a common market!

Appeared on Google Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Five nations in East Africa implemented new economic rules Thursday to boost cross-border employment and trade.

The new steps push forward a larger plan to integrate the economies ofBurundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda, which together form the East African Community.

When most African countries gained independence from European colonial powers in the 1950s and 1960s, Africa’s founding fathers wanted the entire continent to become one economy as a way of achieving self-reliance and better negotiating power in international markets.

The East African Community’s one set of regulations, called the Common Market Protocol, officially came into effect Thursday but each country still has to change a wide range of national laws including labor, taxation and immigration to conform to the protocol.

Rwanda, however, did not wait to implement some provisions of the protocol and more than a year ago eliminated work permit requirements for all citizens of the East African Community.

“The broad economic space which the services sector will unleash will trigger the expansion of economic activities and jobs in the region,” Juma Mwapachu, secretary general of the East African Community, said in a newspaper advertisement heralding the changes. “East Africans have every right to be proud of the stage of integration the EAC has reached.”

Since 2005 the East African Community has charged a uniform set of duties for any imports from outside the region. Over a five-year period it has progressively cut to nothing all duties of goods and products traded within the region under a customs union agreement. The community also has a court and a parliament.

While Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania share a common British colonial legacy, Rwanda and Burundi were colonized by Belgium.

Creating a federation is the ultimate goal of the nine-year-old East African Community. It brings together more than 125 million people.

[yahoo news]

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s 110th Birthday

Tue, Jun 29, 2010

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Antoine de Saint-Exupery's 110th Birthday

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (French pronunciation: [ɑ̃twan də sɛ̃tɛɡzypeˈʁi]) (29 June 1900—31 July 1944) was a French writer and aviator. He is best remembered for his novella The Little Prince (Le Petit Prince), and for his books about aviation adventures, including Night Flight and Wind, Sand and Stars.

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Sunthorn Phu’s Birthday 2010

Sat, Jun 26, 2010

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Sunthorn Phu's Birthday 2010

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Phra Sunthorn Vohara aka Sunthorn Phu (26 June 1786–1855) is Thailand’s best-known poet and most celebrated as the great poet of Rattanakosin Era. He was born four years after Rattanakosin was established. His career as a royal poet commenced in the reign of King Rama II. When King Rama II passed away, Sunthorn Phu resigned and retreated to monkhood for 20 years before resuming late in King Rama III’s reign as a royal scribe. In the reign of King Rama IV, he was promoted to be the director of department of royal scribes, which was the last post he held in the court, and with which he earned the title ‘Phra’.

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Konrad Zuse’s 100th Birthday

Tue, Jun 22, 2010

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Konrad Zuse's 100th Birthday

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Konrad Zuse (pronounced [ˈkɔnʁat ˈtsuːzə]; 22 June 1910 Berlin – 18 December 1995 Hünfeld near Fulda) was a German engineer and computer pioneer.

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Jean-Paul Sartre’s 105th Birthday

Mon, Jun 21, 2010

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Jean-Paul Sartre's 105th Birthday

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Jean-Paul Charles Aymard Sartre (French pronunciation: [saʁtʁ], English: /ˈsɑrtrə/; 21 June 1905 – 15 April 1980) was a French existentialist philosopher, playwright,novelist, screenwriter, political activist, biographer, and literary critic. He was one of the leading figures in 20th century French philosophy, existentialism, and Marxism, and his work continues to influence fields such as Marxist philosophy, sociology, and literary studies. Sartre was also noted for his long relationship with the author and social theorist, Simone de Beauvoir. He was awarded the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature but refused the honour.

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Happy Father’s Day 2010

Sun, Jun 20, 2010

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Happy Father's Day 2010

Father’s Day is a widely known celebration honoring fathers and celebrating fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. It is celebrated on the third Sunday of June in many countries and on other days elsewhere.

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