BG-BASE

Introduction

BGBG-BASE is a PC-based database application written primarily to handle the information management needs of institutions and individuals holding living and/or preserved collections of biological material, including botanic gardens, arboreta, zoos, herbaria, museums, libraries, university campuses, horticultural societies and private collections.

The objective is to develop and share a standard design that ensures compatibility, and at the same time one that allows for fine-tuning to meet specific individual needs. The result is a powerful, well proven system that not only facilitates basic inventory control, but also enables users to fully document, label and curate their collections so that these collections, no matter how large or small, can be of the highest possible value to the research, conservation and education communities. BG-BASE is compatible with relevant international data standards.

Initiated in 1985 at the request of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in Boston (US) and the Threatened Plants Unit (TPU) of the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC) in Cambridge (UK), it is now used around the world in over 200 sites in 25 countries. The system is regularly updated and enhanced based on user input; its two development and support centers are the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (UK) and BG-BASE, Inc., located in Topsham, Maine (US).  (more…)

Historic Chinese Traditional Customs

A custom made is often an proven behavioral pattern that prevails via years. It is frequently the outcome of social influences about the individuals of a culture. Standard customs have their particular analogies. They connect specified factors or actions with specified happenings in lifestyle. Classic customs are meant to invite very good omen even though warding off the evils.

Classic Customs of China
Chinese deemed tea as one of their 7 fundamental necessities. Firewood, oil, salt, soy sauce and vinegar had been a number of the other standard wants. Methods of tea planning, the techniques of tasting it and the situations on which it’s consumed make the Chinese tea culture distinctive. Kids serve tea to their elders as a token of regard. Men and women of lower purchase are intended to serve tea to men and women of larger ranks. This customized continues to be practiced on formal occasions. When a particular person is served tea, he knocks on the table with bent index finger and center finger to mention, “thank you”. Chinese tea is not only their drink but also an ingredient of organic medications.
Chinese weddings have specific standard customs linked with them. Like a form of expressing gratitude, the bride and the groom kneel before their mothers and fathers and provide them tea by beijing escort. In response to this, mothers and fathers consume a modest part of tea and gift the pair a red envelope. The tea ceremony was as soon as an occasion of the households from the newly wed couple of to understand one another. In olden instances, drinking the tea made available confirmed acceptance of marriage whilst refusal represented opposition towards the marriage.
As a part in the Chinese tradition, the husband needs to carry his wife over a pan of coals so that she can efficiently move by means of labor. Pregnant women are intended to become extremely careful in every little thing they do, since it is considered that their actions affect the unborn infant. The hour, day, thirty day period and year by which the infant is born establish the Eight Characters of Chinese Astrology underneath which the baby falls. The Chinese believe that these characters are hugely influential all through the lifestyle in the newborn.
Chopsticks type an integral element of Chinese cutlery but few know what they stand for. Chopsticks are considered to symbolize kindness and gentleness. Confucianism taught the Chinese to abandon knives and forks from your dining table. So they have their meals cut to bite-size before it happens within the table.
New year is amongst the most notable festivals with the Chinese calendar. According to a Chinese myth, Buddha had asked animals to pay a visit to him about the New Year’s Day. Twelve animals came and Buddha named the 12 months following every of them. The Chinese celebrate the lantern festival within the fifteenth day of each lunar month. New Year is about obtaining collectively. Red is considered to abolish negative luck. So people dress in red for your New Yr celebration. An extended dragon made from silk, bamboo and paper is carried along streets. Youthful men maintain the dragon and dance even though carrying the dragon alongside. The Dragon dance is definitely an ancient Chinese custom.
On meeting a person for your first time, the Chinese shake fingers. A handshake could possibly be accompanied by a bow to show respect. Based on the Chinese customs, visitors usually gift their hosts on going to them. It is greatest to present the host, clean flowers or fruit. The hosts are not meant to unpack the gift until the visitors leave. Hosts generally beijing escorts their guests to some considerable distance after they leave.
In ancient instances, people utilized to go over the bodies in the dead with brushwood and clay and leave it inside the family’s property. They still left utensils crammed with food near the corpse. They believed the spirit in the dead would re-enter the body and would require meals. Meals objects, which wouldn’t perish soon were stored beside the dead body. The historical Chinese dwelt in normal or synthetic caves. The Chinese custom of burying the dead in caverns emerged from this sort of dwelling. As time passed, men and women sought a separate place to bury their lifeless which historical apply modified. Many with the ancient Chinese standard customs are followed till day. They have undergone modifications and reforms due to the shifting times. But if you check out China, you may realize that hospitality is a Chinese tradition!

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