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THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

February 19, 2014
Intolerance disguised as a legislative bill
In the fight over a proposal to keep Quebec’s civil servants from wearing outsized yarmulkes, crucifixes, hajibs and turbans, public hearings are shining a light on the true fears of the French up North: zombies.

THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

October 18, 2013
Mobilizing forces is the real intent
MONTREAL — The ruling Parti Quebecois is proposing regulating the size of yarmulkes and crucifixes that its workers in public service can wear.

KNOW ECON

June 20, 2013
Case Studies in Centralization: Europe and China
The “big danger” facing Europe today is not the collapse of the Eurozone, but the drift toward a more centralized fiscal union, according to Nobel Prize Laureate Edward C. Prescott.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

November 27, 2011
Lin Dan reaches China Open badminton final
SHANGHAI — Third seed Lin Dan delighted home fans as he made it back-to-back victories against arch-rival and number one seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia to reach the men’s singles final at the China Open.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

November 25, 2011
Players unhappy with ‘slow’ shuttlecocks
SHANGHAI — The Badminton Federation defended yesterday the shuttlecocks being used at this week’s China Open in Shanghai following a series of complaints from players.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

November 23, 2011
Women’s badminton seeds stumble, Gade edges through
SHANGHAI — Fourth seed Saina Nehwal and six-seeded Juliane Schenk were shock casualties at the China Open in Shanghai Wednesday, where Dane ace Peter Gade battled all the way to avoid becoming a third victim.

Mirai Nagasu China Skating

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

November 6, 2011
Cool Kostner thrills Shanghai
SHANGHAI — Carolina Kostner grabbed the first ticket for next month’s showpiece finals in Quebec City after the talented Italian skater dazzled at the ISU Cup of China Grand Prix series on Saturday.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

November 5, 2011
Kostner, Gachinski lead in Shanghai
SHANGHAI — Italy’s Carolina Kostner and Artur Gachinski of Russia grabbed the lead in the short programmes in the women’s and men’s competitions at the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating Cup of China on Friday.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

November 4, 2011
Rising figure skating stars to steal show in China
SHANGHAI — Rising women’s stars will take centre-stage at Grand Prix figure-skating’s Cup of China this week with Japanese teen Kanako Murakami expected to shine.

THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

October 16, 2011
Upstate New York should reach out to China
SHANGHAI — Memo to Upstate New York: The Chinese want to come into your store and buy stuff. You just aren’t marketing yourself right. Here are five ways to do a better job.

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WAMU

June 2, 2011
What Chinese Drug Company’s Move Could Mean For Md.
SHANGHAI — Maryland’s governor, Martin O’Malley, announced Thursday that a Chinese pharmaceutical company called the Tasly Group is investing $40 million in a new facility in Montgomery County. WAMU’s Rebecca Blatt spoke with Bill Marcus, a freelance reporter covering the announcement in Shanghai, about its significance.

WAMU

June 2, 2011
O’Malley Meets With Tasly Group On Economic Trip To Asia

SHANGHAI — Gov. Martin O’Malley, who has just begun a 10-day economic mission to Asia, attended the ceremony at the Tasly Group headquarters in Shanghai, China.

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

October 13, 2010
‘Sister cities’ meet as mayor’s visit to China ends
SHANGHAI — As the Pittsburgh delegation’s visit to China came to a close Tuesday, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl did two things he hasn’t been able to do in Pittsburgh: meet with officials from sister city Wuhan and ride a magnetic levitation train.

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

October 12, 2010
Ravenstahl calls China visit a success
SHANGHAI, China — Speaking with potential Chinese investors Monday, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said he “just laid out the Pittsburgh story — why we are where we are. We laid out the 30-year transformation.”

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

October 11, 2010
Pittsburgh on display in China
SHANGHAI, China — “Chung sher, raahng shung hwo gung may hao,” said a confident Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

October 10, 2010
Ravenstahl team meets with Chinese companies
SHANGHAI, China — Despite ending with a cruise on a river, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl spent the third day of his 10-day trip to Asia almost entirely indoors, reviewing agendas and shaking hands on behalf of Pittsburgh.

PITTSBURGH POST GAZETTE

October 9, 2010
Shanghai tries to charm Ravenstahl, delegation
SHANGHAI — Mayor Luke Ravenstahl drank up the panoramic view of Shanghai with his morning Diet Pepsi 59 floors above Shanghai.

TOLEDO BLADE

September 20, 2010
Toledo Mayor Bell connects with ‘family’ in China
Sunday started with “family” – a metaphorical sister, actually. Representatives of Toledo’s Chinese sister city, Qinhuangdao, arrived at 7:30 a.m.

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TOLEDO BLADE

September 19, 2010
After many miles, meals, Toledo has friend in Yulin
YULIN, China – The plush red mat in every elevator at the five-star Ordos Holiday Inn read “Xingqi Liu – Saturday” (literally translated: sixth day of the week), but make no mistake, just as on the seventh day of the Toledo delegation’s 11-day…

TOLEDO BLADE

September 18, 2010
Mayor Bell dazzled by building frenzy in Inner Mongolia
Shanghai Airlines Flight 9149 was on the ground for no more than a minute Friday morning before Toledo Mayor Mike Bell looked out the window and found what he was looking for.

TOLEDO BLADE

September 17, 2010
Mayor Bell in full-go mode in Shanghai
Toledo Mayor Mike Bell, on the sixth day of his 11-day trip through China, continued to embrace Shanghai with the eagerness of a front-row student, the wonderment of an explorer, and the charm of a statesman.

AD AGE CHINA

March 28, 2007
Mobile ads hit Shanghai Streets 
Shanghai-based Hudson Advertising Co. has come up with another first for China’s most sophisticated consumer market, a truck with a five sq. meter plasma screen on each side that airs TV spots, including audio, visible to other vehicles as well as pedestrians.

SHANGHAI BUSINESS REVIEW

September, 2007
Scrutinising Quality and Control
As China’s manufacturing muscle has recently been blemished in overseas markets and media, businesses are looking in to re-examine suppliers, practices and protocols.SHANGHAI BUSINESS REVIEW

SHANGHAI BUSINESS REVIEW

August, 2007 (page 24)
Empire State Eyes Middle Kingdom 
With various foreign regional investment groups – representing cities, states, port authorities – racing to do business with Shanghai, and China, it is a wonder that the State of New York remains idling on the sidelines.

THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

May 20, 2007
Sending trade reps Far East 
Oliver Lu, the general manager of Niskayuna-based SI Group’s plant here, was outlining plans to Shanghai environmental protection bureau officials last July when he said he thought he saw the blood run out of his listeners’ faces.

SHANGHAI BUSINESS REVIEW

February, 2007
Investing in Agricultural Technology
Germany-based BASF, the world’s largest chemical manufacturer, wants to know how fungi become resistant to their fungicide products.  They’re banking that the brains at Nanjing Agricultural University will find the answer.  They are not alone.

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THE INDEPENDENT

June 13, 2007
One man’s battle to hunt down typhoons 
In September 2006, after experiencing the force of typhoon Xangsane, James Reynolds became convinced that there were even bigger, more devastating disasters waiting to happen. Now his reports carry a warning: the world’s emissions are cooking up stronger storms for the vulnerable, forgotten peoples along Asia’s crowded coastlines.

THE ASIA SOCIETY

December 4, 2006
Asia Draws R&D Investment
Motorola’s computer scientists have succeeded in developing a recognition technology to translate handwriting in many of the world’s leading languages into cellphone text messages.  But this success was not achieved in Silicon Valley.

THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

November 14, 2006
Election Night in China
SHANGHAI — People think most Chinese support the Communist Party, and from what I’m told and see in “capitalist” Shanghai, that’s true.   But like us, they love their country.

COMPUTERWORLD

November 6, 2006
Outsourcing in China
SHANGHAI — Unlike India’s large and thriving outsourcing industry, China’s is still immature and fragmented, with few companies attaining high-level international certifications. Moreover, most of the IT outsourcing that happens in China today serves that country’s domestic market, such as the financial services sector.

COMPUTERWORLD

June 26, 2006
Bridging the Chinese Skills Gap: Despite vast numbers of IT graduates, suitable talent is hard to find 
SHANGHAI — Hankscraft Inc. has been making industrial motors and mechanized pumps for more than 50 years in Reedsburg, Wis. The company came to China just three years ago but already has twice as many employees here as it has at home. Jonathan Funkhouser, who is general manager of Hankscraft’s China operations and who makes the top-level technology decisions, thought it was going to be hard to get all the government approvals he would need in order to set up shop in China. But that turned out to be the easy part. “Finding good employees and managers was the most difficult,” he says.

COMPUTERWORLD

June 26, 2006
Language Barriers
Among the various sourcing peculiarities and problems specific to China is regionalism, says Pieter Tsiknas, director of SearchBank’s Beijing office. Although all Chinese nationals officially speak Mandarin, in practice, the local dialects can be mutually unintelligible. Shanghainese, for example, is a completely different language from Mandarin, and employees from Shanghai may speak Mandarin with an accent. Similar regional linguistic differences exist in other parts of China as well.

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CMO MAGAZINE

January, 2006
Back to the future
Jim Murphy learned about marketing to Chinese customers in bars. When he first came to China in December of 2004, he didn’t think that consumers here could afford or were interested in the relatively pricey Jack Daniel’s whiskey that his company, Brown-Forman, produced.

THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

November 25, 2005
A terrible threat from the north
SHANGHAI — It was so nice to wake up the other morning and hear the head of the government take full responsibility for the results of an investigation into a scandal that has rocked the nation, embarrassed the party, and compromised the public integrity of key leading officials. It was just too bad that the country was Canada, and that the news was coming to me via the CBC based in Calgary.

CIO INSIGHT

October 24, 2005
Trends: Chinese Legal System Hinders IP Protection Efforts
If finding a software pirate is as simple as walking down the street and looking around for wheelbarrows, why is China–home of the largest authoritarian government on the planet–having problems catching these guys?

CIO INSIGHT

October 20, 2005
Trends: Cost for Windows falls — to 50 cents — in China
Despite three years of attention by lawmaking committees and a steadily increasing roster of laws protecting intellectual property, China is a shopper’s paradise for all things pirated–handbags, jewelry, movie DVDs, and, of course, software.

SHANGHAI DAILY

April 22, 2005
Jewish Affinity
It is said that the history of the Jewish people last 7,000 years while the history of the Chinese people stretches back 5,000 years. What does that mean? The Jews had to go 2,000 years without Chinese food.

THE ORIENTAL MORNING POST

July 30, 2004
Crossing the Educational Divide
As most experts increasingly believe that language and culture and connected, educators and language students are beginning to question the value of segregated language education in a society that is becoming increasingly desegregated, changing the educational landscape as well.

THE ORIENTAL MORNING POST

June 18, 2004
How to Get Ahead in a Western Company
How does the average work-a-day Shanghainese overcome the great walls that separate Chinese from Western business culsture and light the fuse that will rocket them up the corporate ladder? With initiative, flexibility, consistency, frankness, a whole lot of hard work and a little bit of good old fashioned common sense.

THE ORIENTAL MORNING POST

May 28, 2004
The Other Side of War
Almost biblically, American instruments of war have been “beaten into ploughshares” by the Laos.

THE ORIENTAL MORNING POST

May 16, 2004
Sharing the Throne
When Dong Dong, 21, of Shanghai, told his mom an dad about all the adventures he had during this three-week trip to Australia, kangaroos and koala bears were way down on the list. In Australia, he said, there was something he had never known before in his entire lifetime — brothers.

THE ALBANY TIMES UNION

February 3, 2004
Teaching, Learning are One in China
SHANGHAI, China — I’m watching a DVD of “Blazing Saddles” that cost the equivalent of a dollar. The entire movie is subtitled in Mandarin, including the Yiddish spoken by one of Mel Brooks’ characters, an Indian chief. At the Pudong International Airport, travelers purchase phone cards from an “Intelligent Card Dispenser.” A sign, also in English, reads “International & Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan.”

Mao in the Morning, Oct 3, 2006

THE SUNDAY RECORD

July 2, 1995
Urban China’s westernization more visible to visitors
Standing on Tiananmen Square where history’s ink is far from dry, you can see the countdown clock tick off the seconds until the July 1, 1997 takeover of Hong Kong.

THE SUNDAY RECORD

Encounters with locals key to travels in China
July 2, 1995
You better love people if you go to China because they are everywhere. A pro-tourism campaign by the Beijing city government asked locals to try not to stare at foreigners but it doesn’t seem to have worked. Many Chinese have never seen non-Asians and they want to know more.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

Oct 7, 1990
For Gay People, Out of Sight, Out of Life
AFTER World War II it was no longer acceptable to be anti-Semitic. There is going to be similar upheaval when AIDS is cured.

THE NEW YORK TIMES

May 1, 1977
The Motor Vehicle Torture
AS many high-school students throughout New York already know, by your 16th birthday you are eligible to obtain a class-six learner’s permit, and consequently a class-six license.

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Photos: The Times Union, AFP, Bill Marcus, Bill Marcus, James Reynolds, Bill Marcus, Bill Marcus

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