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[2006-09-12] The North West’s Most Eligible Singles
THE North West Enquirer is delighted that Selfridges and 105.4 Century FM have agreed to be a partner with the paper on an exciting new initiative for the region – the North West’s Most Eligible Singles 2006. On Thursday 21 September, the Enquirer will be publishing a list of 100 men and women, all singles and highly eligible. They can be found across the region and are drawn from a variety of professions and backgrounds: from media and property to education, sport, business and the arts. Many will be well-known figures, either regionally, nationally or internationally while others will be [...]
[2006-09-12] North Palm Beach County pet personals: Lauren Dadario: Shadow needs the light of a loving home
Shadow is a male, Labrador retriever mix who was returned to Safe Harbor because he was too much trouble. Found wandering in Jupiter last February, an outdoor tie rope still dragging behind him, Shadow was first brought to Safe Harbor by a kind passerby. He was adopted in March and was returned last month. Advertisement About 7 years old, Shadow is gentle, sweet-natured and well-behaved. There doesn't seem to be any real reason why he was returned, and I can't understand how anyone can look into his big brown eyes and still give him up. But someone has. Back in a cage, Shadow [...]
[2006-09-12] Study Shows Rise in Singles
New findings by the National Statistical Office show more people of marriageable age are choosing to stay single. Some 60 percent of women between the ages of 25 and 29 were single. This is a 20 percent rise from six years ago. Meanwhile 41 percent of men between 30 and 34 were unmarried. Back in the year 2000, just 28 percent of the men in the age group were bachelors. As for the reasons for the trend, economic difficulty was the main issue picked by men, while the increase in working opportunities was seen as reason behind the women's decision to put off marriage. [...]
[2006-09-12] Personals site flaunts men who make six figures
This week I heard a radio ad for an Internet dating site where, the sultry announcer said, "women outnumber men by 10 to one." The name of the site: "" Strictly out of professional curiosity, I checked it out. The home page promised women that here they would find (their grammar and punctuation) "professional men making over $100k a year. ... each profile is of real men who have excelled greatly in their life, but are still seeking a partner to share their experiences with. All women can set up a free profile, however, only a select few men can join Wealthy Men as each of ou [...]
[2006-09-12] Blood Type Has no Effect on Relationships
Blood type has nothing to do with who will form a relationship or get married, a survey suggests, pulling the rug from under one of the odder superstitions that survive here. The Korea Marriage Culture Institute, a division of matchmaker Sunoo, studied 16,383 couples -- 1,366 of them married -- over the five years since 2001 and found that the distribution of blood types among men the women married or had relationships with was about equal. Of the couples studied, women of type O were involved in relationships with 25.8 percent men of the same type, 27.8 percent of type A, 26.7 percent of ty [...]
[2006-09-12] FYI: Celebrating singles
There are 110 million single adults in USA, so it's only natural that we have our own week. National Singles Week starts Sunday , and our friends at the dating service It's Just Lunch have released results of an annual survey of 3,571 singles. Here are some gems from that survey: •76 percent of singles say the best first date is under an hour, over lunch or a drink after work. •48 percent have used a dating service. •65 percent agree a phone call is the best way to ask one out for a second date. Read: not e-mail. •67 percent of men have $100 or more in their wallet on a first date. •62 p [...]
[2006-09-12] Reforms under Peter I
Internalreformsunder Peter were generally enacted under the pressure of war, usually in an ad hoc, disjointed manner. Often the confusion they were designed to fix was made worse. Still, Peter's reforming of Russia was by no means limited to hectic measures to bolster the war efforts. Rather, he wanted to Westernize and modernize the entire Russian government, society, and culture. Peter literally moved the capital west, from Moscow to Saint Petersburg, in 1712. Even if he failed to overhaul all of Russia, changes pointed more and more away from backward Muscovy and toward borrowing from the [...]
[2006-09-12] Émigré Literature
Afterthe1917Revolution, many eminent writers, critics, philosophers, and scholars left Russia to set down new roots in Europe. Paris, France, became the center of émigré intellectual life, although lively émigré communities existed in Berlin, Germany, and other European capitals. Bunin, Kuprin, Merezhkovsky, Zamiatin, poets Viacheslav Ivanov and Marina Tsvetaeva, and many others continued to write in the tradition in which they had begun in Russia. The most original new talent among the émigrés was poet, essayist, and novelist Vladimir Nabokov, a brilliant stylist [...]
[2006-09-12] Historical facts on Siberia
Althoughnomadicpeoples first entered Siberia about 50,000 years ago, the region’s first settled communities date from about 10,000 bc. Evidence of these settlements is abundant in southern Siberia, which was drawn into the trade that flourished along the ancient Silk Road linking China with imperial Rome. When the nomadic Scythians surged out of their homeland on the edge of present-day Mongolia around 700 bc, the great grass road that stretched along Siberia's southern lands became the route by which they invaded Europe. Using the same road, the Sarmatians followed in the 3rd century bc, and [...]
[2006-09-12] USSR Ethnic Groups
TheSovietUnion,asheir to the former territory of the Russian Empire, was exceptionally diverse in its national composition. Its 1989 census identified 113 ethnic communities, or “nationalities” (Russian natsional’nosti), having populations of 1000 or more, as well as several dozen groups numbering in the hundreds. Almost all had their own languages, customs, and religious traditions, although in many cases national consciousness was weak until the 20th century. Twenty-two Soviet nationalities had at least 1 million members. The145.2millionethnic Russians, the largest nationality by a lops [...]
[2006-09-12] Language in USSR
Article36oftheSoviet constitution of 1977 enshrined citizens’ right to use their mother tongues “and the languages of the other peoples of the USSR.” In fact, the Russian language was advantaged, though not to the exclusion of others. The Soviet Union had no official state language, but Russian was the preferred language of government and economics, the sole language of military command, and the medium of communication within the CPSU. It was taught in all elementary and secondary schools, together with indigenous languages in most minority areas, and it was the language of instruction in hi [...]
[2006-09-12] Religion in USSR
KarlMarx,whobelieved history was driven by purely material considerations, took a dim view of religious faith, calling it “the opium of the masses” in his writings. The Soviet regime’s Marxist roots and its antipathy toward all social associations and belief systems not under its direct control made it openly opposed to religion from the outset. Shortly after 1917 it impounded the property of the Russian Orthodox Church, forbade religious instruction, instituted antireligious propaganda, and persecuted priests. Atheistic fervor, having abated in the 1920s, reached a crescendo after 1929, whe [...]
[2006-09-12] Education in USSR
TheSovietrulerssaw comprehensive public education as necessary for purposes of economic and social modernization and political indoctrination. In 1918 they took over all private and parochial schools and colleges, abolished fees, and determined that all children ages 8 to 15 were to attend school full time. Compulsory study was gradually lengthened, so that by the 1980s most children remained in the classroom from ages 7 to 17. Thenine-yearcommoncurriculum in elementary and secondary schools stressed language and literature, mathematics, military and physical training, history, manual ski [...]
[2006-09-12] USSR Currency and Trade
TheRussianrublelost almost all value during the Russian Civil War. The reissued Soviet ruble was stabilized during the NEP, but as a non-convertible currency that, under a decree of July 1926, could not be taken out of the country. Gosbank, the state bank, pegged the official exchange rate to the U.S. dollar in 1937, to the price of gold in 1950, and to the value of a basket of freely traded currencies in 1973. The exchange rate was artificial, responsive entirely to planning and political considerations. Soviet banks, which carried out the wishes of the CPSU and government, were charged wit [...]
[2006-09-12] The Communist Party
TheBolsheviksretitled themselves the Russian Communist Party (Bolshevik) in March 1918 and the All-Union Communist Party (Bolshevik) in December 1925. From November 1952 to its eradication in 1991, the party was titled the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, or CPSU. It allowed a few weak rivals to exist until the early 1920s, when it outlawed them all. A similar process of centralization occurred within the Communist Party. In March 1921 organized factions within the party were banned at Lenin’s insistence. Stalin used arrests and executions to eliminate all stirrings of opposition and bra [...]
[2006-09-12] Russia in time on The Cold War
TheII world war timealliancewas based on aversion to a common enemy, not on philosophical consensus or similarity of social system or way of life. Victory removed the mutual enemy and opened the coalition up to strains between the totalitarian Soviet Union and the two leading democracies, the United States and the United Kingdom. Stalin initially hesitated in his policy, unsure how far he could push Soviet interests and whether it would be necessary to alienate his wartime partners. At the Potsdam Conference, held on the heels of the victory in Europe, Stalin offended the United States and t [...]
[2006-09-12] Russia and NATO
On May 27, 1997, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and Russia signed the Founding Act on Mutual Relations, Cooperation, and Security Treaty. The treaty established a forum for communications through a high-level NATO-Russia council. In addition, Russia agreed not to oppose NATO’s expansion to former Soviet-bloc countries in exchange for assurances that NATO would neither deploy nor store nuclear weapons in those countries. At the signing ceremony, however, Russian President Boris Yeltsin expressed reservations about NATO’s expansion. The following translated excerpt of Yeltsin’s sp [...]
[2006-09-12] Muscovy Company
also called Russia Company, body of English merchants trading with Russia. The company was formed in 1555 by the navigator and explorer Sebastian Cabot and various London merchants and was granted a monopoly of Anglo-Russian trade. It was the first English joint-stock company in which the capital remained regularly in use instead of being repaid after every voyage. In 1553 Sir Hugh Willoughby and Richard Chancellor had sailed to seek out a Northeast Passage to China and the East Indies (Indonesian archipelago). Willoughby's ship was lost, but Chancellor reached Arkhangelsk (Archangel) on the W [...]
[2006-09-12] Facts on KGB
Russian in full Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti, English Committee for State Securityforeign intelligence and domestic security agency of the Soviet Union. During the Soviet era the KGB's responsibilities also included the protection of the country's political leadership, the supervision of border troops, and the general surveillance of the population. re-KGB Soviet security services Established in 1954, the KGB was the most durable of a series of security agencies starting with the Cheka, which was established in December 1917 in the first days of the Bolshevik government. The Cheka [...]
[2006-09-12] Dzerzhinsky, Feliks Edmundovich
Polish Feliks Dzierżyński born Sept. 11 [Aug. 30, Old Style], 1877, Dzerzhinovo, near Minsk, Russian Empire [now in Belarus]died July 20, 1926, Moscow Bolshevik leader, head of the first Soviet secret police organization. Son of a Polish nobleman, Dzerzhinsky joined the Kaunas (Kovno) organization of the Lithuanian Social Democratic Party in 1895. He became a party organizer, and, although he was arrested by the Russian Imperial Police for his revolutionary activities five times between 1897 and 1908, he repeatedly escaped from exile in Siberia. Not only did he participate in [...]
[2006-09-12] Red Army
Russian Krasnaya Armiya, Soviet army created by the Communist government after the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917. The name Red Army was abandoned in 1946. The Russian imperial army and navy, together with other imperial institutions of tsarist Russia, disintegrated after the outbreak of the revolutions of 1917. By a decree of Jan. 28 (Jan. 15, Old Style), 1918, the Council of People's Commissars created a Workers' and Peasants' Red Army on a voluntary basis. The first units, fighting with a revolutionary fervour, distinguished themselves against the Germans at Narva and Pskov on Feb. 23, 191 [...]
[2006-09-12] Facts on Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isayevich
born Dec. 11, 1918, Kislovodsk, Russia Russian novelist and historian who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature for 1970. Solzhenitsyn was born into a family of Cossack intellectuals and brought up primarily by his mother (his father was killed in an accident before his birth). He attended the University of Rostov-na-Donu, graduating in mathematics, and took correspondence courses in literature at Moscow State University. He fought in World War II, achieving the rank of captain of artillery; in 1945, however, he was arrested for writing a letter in which he criticized Joseph Stalin an [...]
[2006-09-12] Facts on Sakharov, Andrey Dmitriyevich
born May 21, 1921, Moscow, Russiadied Dec. 14, 1989, Moscow Soviet nuclear physicist, an outspoken advocate of human rights, civil liberties, and reform in the Soviet Union as well as for rapprochement with noncommunist nations. In 1975 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Sakharov was the son of a physicist, and his exceptional scientific promise was recognized early. He won a doctorate at the age of 26 and was admitted as a full member of the Soviet Academy of Sciences at age 32. By that time he had worked for several years with Igor Tamm as a theoretical physicist to develop the S [...]
[2006-09-12] War Communism
Lenin did not favour moving toward a socialist economy after October, because the Bolsheviks lacked the necessary economic skills. He preferred state capitalism, with capitalist managers staying in place but supervised by the work force. Others, like Bukharin, wanted a rapid transition to a socialist economy. The Civil War caused the Bolsheviks to adopt a more severe economic policy known as War Communism, characterized chiefly by the expropriation of private business and industry and the forced requisition of grain and other food products from the peasants. The Bolsheviks subsequently clas [...]
[2006-09-12] New Economic Policy (1921–28)
Forced requisitioning led to peasant revolts, and the Tambov province revolt of 1920 in particular forced Lenin to change his War Communism policy. He and the Bolshevik leadership were willing to slaughter the mutinous sailors of the Kronstadt naval base in March 1921, but they could not survive if the countryside turned against them. They would simply starve to death. A tactical retreat from enforced socialism was deemed necessary, a move that was deeply unpopular with the Bolshevik rank and file. The New Economic Policy (NEP) was inaugurated at the 10th Party Congress in March 1921. A ban [...]
[2006-09-12] Collectivization
Policy adopted by the Soviet government, pursued most intensively between 1929 and 1933, to transform traditional agriculture in the Soviet Union and to reduce the economic power of the kulaks (prosperous peasants). Under collectivization the peasantry were forced to give up their individual farms and join large collective farms (kolkhozy). The process was ultimately undertaken in conjunction with the campaign to industrialize the Soviet Union rapidly. But before the drive began, long and bitter debates over the nature and pace of collectivization went on among the Soviet leaders (especially b [...]
[2006-09-12] Kolkhoz
also spelled kolkoz, or kolkhos, plural kolkhozy, or kolkhozes, abbreviation for Russian kollektivnoye khozyaynstvo, English collective farmin the former Soviet Union, a cooperative agricultural enterprise operated on state-owned land by peasants from a number of households who belonged to the collective and who were paid as salaried employees on the basis of quality and quantity of labour contributed. Conceived as a voluntary union of peasants, the kolkhoz became the dominant form of agricultural enterprise as the result of a state program of expropriation of private holdings embarked on in [...]
[2006-09-11] Speed dating's love on the tracks
A train with additional pulling power is due to set off from London for Bath carrying singles who are hoping to meet someone special. First Great Western is starting what it believes is the first speed-dating service on a train. Passengers, who paid £45 for a ticket, travel first class from Paddington with a bell sounding every four minutes to signal time to swap partners. After a break for dinner in Bath the train will return to London. "Trains and train stations have long been portrayed as romantic settings for films and we're convinced they still are a great place for romance," [...]
[2006-09-11] Govt keen on protecting interests of women marrying NRIs
In the Indian culture, giving away a daughter in marriage is a highly emotional moment for the parents. Although, the matter has been trivialised by Bollywoood masala films, in real life it remains quite heart-rending. More so if the daughter is being packed off to a distant land. Many a bride’s father will put up a brave face and tell you how happy he is to get a ‘foreign’ groom for his ‘precious little girl,’ in the heart of his heart he’s trembling at the thought of the unknown perils that lie ahead of her. Thousands of young Indian men working abroad are highly prized ‘catches’ and the [...]
[2006-09-11] Love betweeen China and Japan
"Next, please." You'd think it was an audition. In a sense it is. The 36 young Chinese women assembled one recent afternoon at a hotel in Heilong Province in rural northeastern China have come to show themselves worthy of their ambition. The first step is an interview and photo session with a Japanese broker. The final step, for those who go the distance, is marriage to a Japanese man. Every year, says Shukan Post, some 10,000 Chinese women arrive in Japan as brides. They have much to gain -- prosperity above all, a comfortable lifestyle scarcely conceivable in the hardscrabble farming re [...]
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