malasia Kuala Lumpur

Posted August 14, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: malasiya

KL skyline with Petronas towers

KL skyline with Petronas towers

Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia, was founded in 1857 at the confluence of the Gombak and Klang rivers as a settlement for tin miners. Since tin mining proved to be a profitable activity, the settlement developed over the years into a major city. Kuala Lumpur became capital of the Selangor state in 1880 eventually becoming the capital of Malaysia after independence.

Kuala Lumpur has expanded substantially during the boom years of the 1990s, with many skyscarpers being added, of which the Petronas Towers, until recently the world’s tallest buildings, are the most famous. Despite the frantic growth of the past 20 years Kuala Lumpur is a very nice and livable South East Asian capital. Its main attractions are the historic centre around Chinatown, the Golden Triangle shopping area, the Petronas towers, the lake Gardens park and a number of mosques and temples.

Petronas towers

Petronas towers

dubai

Posted August 14, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: dubai

Dubai property market has a mass of property for sale. It is very easy to become confused with the extensive number of Dubai developments that are available. And while the overall increases in prices is on average 10% to 20% per annum, this is not always the case for every development.

We have a very select number of property in Dubai for sale for the benefit of our clients. Each property provides the luxury facilities that our clients come to expect from their investments but also they have a uniqueness that makes the stand out in a comprehensive marketplace which makes them more attractive when you wish to sell and therefore far more profitable!

The map below shows the areas which we currently have Dubai property for sale, by clicking on one of the coloured areas marked on the map you will be taken to the page which explain that area in detail and also provides a list of Dubai property for sale in that area. Alternatively, please scroll down the page to see all out developments available.

 

तिब्बत आन्दोलन

Posted August 14, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: nepal

सुरक्षाकर्मीको पिटाइबाट मुखबाट रगत आएतापनि साहस छ। विहीबार काठमाण्डौको हात्तिसारमा तिब्बतियनहरुले गरेको प्रदर्शनको केही तस्बीर।

Tal to Manang

Posted August 14, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: nepal

nepal

nepal

You approach Tal (1700 m) after having conquered another hard piece of trail. The valley is very narrow and deep and there are some quite good views. That’s not surprising, as during the first days of trek everything is new, and I could have stood still for hours looking around. I didn’t meet many people, and rarely other trekkers. The vegetation changes to fir trees and you feel something is changing. The people in Tal are Buddhists of Tibetan ancestry, the buildings are out of stone with flat roofs. Tal looks like a village out of a “western” movie, and it’s a great place to stay. You also have to register at the police check point.

 

 

 

The trail continues in a rather deep gorge, you don’t see much of the mountains, as the slopes are very steep and high. You cross another long suspension bridge. The Marsyandi is fantastic, rough and clear, big rocks define the riverbed. When you get out of the gorge you are in Bagarchap (2160 m) and the valley opens again. I walked alone and enjoyed very much the peace around me, no cars, no crowds, no pollution, just me, the river and the mountains (without having to panic about nothing, as every two hours you reach another village).

 

 

The route continues through pine and fir forests, always following the Marsyandi river. Very often you see some Buddhist symbols like mani walls and prayer wheels, and the entrance to the villages is defined by a large stony gate. Chame (2670 m) is actually a great place to stay, but in Bhratang you first get a great view on the Annapurna II peak. From now on you walk very close to the principal range and can nearly touch them all the time.

 

 

In order to enjoy them most I chose the upper route, a great deal of climbing at an altitude, where altitude sickness can already be problem. Actually you should climb high and sleep low, so this is what I did: I climbed up to 3670 in Ghyaru and finally slept in Braga, at 3450 m. Braga and its 500 years old gompa are fantastic, a little village 500 m before you reach Manang, but with a great lodge and wonderful bakery and the famous gompa. From there I remember spectacular views on the Annapurnas. I opened the window in the morning and stayed still without believing it: magic moments!

 

 

Manang is a good place as well. Many lodges, good bakeries, lots of side trips: Khangsar, the glacier lake, the Tsamkhang with the old lama. I spent there more time than I wanted, because I became sick (and cured by the magical hands of the doctors at the Rescue Centre). The surroundings are worth a visit and usually most trekkers spend more than one night here, so you make lots of friends and meet those people you will cross the pass with. It is most important that you don’t walk alone above these altitudes, as altitude sickness is unpredictable and can become very dangerous if not early recognised.

02 The Tibetan village of Tal

02 The Tibetan village of Tal

03 Crossing the suspension bridge in Karte

03 Crossing the suspension bridge in Karte

The famous gompa in Braga

The famous gompa in Braga

Sandy cliffs along the Marsyandi river

Sandy cliffs along the Marsyandi river

 met Andrew on the trek

met Andrew on the trek

Gorgeous views on the way up

Gorgeous views on the way up

Thorung La base camp

Thorung La base camp

Pokhara and Annapurna Range

Posted August 14, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: nepal

Island in Pokhara lake

Island in Pokhara lake

 Near Pokhara
Near Pokhara

Pokhara is renowned for its setting rather than its historical or cultural endowments. Its peaceful lakeside location and proximity to the Annapurna mountain range mean it is an ideal place for recovering from (or gearing up for) a trek. Treks can be organised here as there is a good supply of guides and porters. Personally I just made it to Sarangkot (1592m) planning to take some Himalaya pictures. However the air wasn’t clear as December lies in Nepal’s dry season. The panorama pictures of the Annapurna range were taken from a boat in Pokhara lake.

Kathmandu

Posted August 14, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: nepal

Welcome to the Kathmandu photo gallery. Here you’ll find Kathmandu pictures I took in on a trip in December 1999, while visiting my brother. I spent a total of three or four days in Kathmandu staying in a guesthouse in the Thamel area – the budget travel area of Kathmandu. The pictures you see here are of the main attractions of Kathmandu: Swayambhunath, the old town, the temples, the Bodnath stupa and the Pashupatinath temple area.

 

Kathmandu is a relatively relaxed town, if compared to Indian towns, meaning that it is reasonably comfortable to stay there for a few days. The air however was very polluted during my stay in December 1999.

Patan

Posted August 11, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: nepal

Introduction to Lumbini

Posted August 11, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: news

 Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, is situated about 22 km. from Bhairahawa (Siddharthanagar), below the Churia range, 24 km. south from the foothills of the Himalayas, on the western bank of Telar river in Rupandehi district of Lumbini zone in Nepal. It is about 300 km. west of capital city Kathmandu. Kapilvastu, Rupandehi and Nawalparasi Terai districts of Lumbini Zone are around Lumbini, the birth place of Lord Buddha, which are fertile and densely populated.
It is about 34 km. from Naugarh Railway Station on the North-Eastern Railway of India. Buddha, Known as the Lord of Asia, was born in Lumbini during the full moon day in the month of Baisakh in 623 BC. He was born under a sal (Shorea robusta) tree when Mayadevi was going to her maternal town on the occasion of delivery.

 Suttanipata has mentioned the earliest description of the birth of Buddha in Lumbini. After the birth of Buddha he took seven steps towards north and, looking in all directions, he declared that “I am the foremost of all creatures to cross the riddle of the ocean of the existence, this is my last birth and here after, I will not be born again”. The site is spelt as Rummindei or Rupandei (beautiful lady), the perverted form of Rupa devi, the queen Anjana of the king of Devadaha which was situated to the east of Kapilvastu in ancient time. The site is called Lun- min and La-Fa-Ni by the Chinese pilgrims Fa- Hien and Hiuen- Tsiang respectively. In course of exploration of the ancient Buddhist sites General Cunningham has mentioned La-Fa-Ni is Sanskrit Lavani, a beautiful lady. In Buddhist literature it is known as Pradimokşa vana blessed with various trees and flowers, which is compared to the Chittalata grove of Indra’s paradise in heaven. The earliest Pali text Suttanipata has mentioned that, “The wisdom- child, that Jewel so precious, which can not be matched, has been born at Lumbini, in the Sakya land for well being and joy in the world of men”. A Muslim historian of India named Abul Fazal has called Mokta. It is also known as Paderiya (Parariya) where the Asokan pillar is located in the Nepalese Terai.

 The name of the site is spelt Lumminigame and Lumbini Vana in the Asokan pillar Edict still standing at the same place. Mukherji has also mentioned the name Rummin-dei in his report. In the Magadhi language, being used in the north-eastern pillar edicts in India and Nepal, ‘la’ is invariable substituted for ‘ra’. The location of Lumbini is pointed out in the Buddhist literature, as well as, in the records of the Chinese pilgrims who visited India in the fifth and seventh centuries AD. As mentioned in Jataka story this sal garden was in joint possession of the Sakayas and Koliyas during the life time of Buddha.

The Mahavamsa, a Ceylones chronicle, and Nidana katha have also located it between Kapilvastu and Devadaha. The sal garden was the place of recreation during the reign of the Sakayas and Koliyas. Buddha charita of Asvaghosa describes Lumbini as “gay like the garden of caitra ratha with trees of every kind. According to Fa- Hien it is located about 50 li east of Kapilvastu. Hiuen- Tsiang had also pointed out that it was about 80 or 90 li.(21.729 or 24.445 km.) north-east of arrow-well.

 It was linked through popular ‘Uttara path’ to Kapilvastu, Ramagrama and other important cities during the Buddhist period. The present location of Lumbini, the exact birth place of Lord Buddha, is absolutely clear.


 

qatar photo album

Posted August 11, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: qatar photo album

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All garapha

All garapha

All garapha

Al-Mafyar

simsima

Ain Mohammed

Om Qarm

State of Qatar

Posted August 11, 2008 by worldphooto
Categories: news

Bi-directional Testing in Doha, State of Qatar

View of Al Corniche, Doha, State of QatarIn 2005, LOADTEST performed the first Osterberg Cell® (O-cell®) bi-directional load test in Doha, Qatar. Although many tests have been performed in the region, the O-cell is capable of far greater loads than possible with Kentledge or anchor pile reaction systems. Buildings along Al Corniche, soon to be dwarfed by many new high rise projects. Following the construction of a new World class international airport, National Stadium and some of the finest and most exciting building projects in the World (over 200 new major structures are planned), Qatar is all set to compete with its neighbours for commerce and tourism. Once known for the pearling trade, Qatar is set to become the Pearl of the Middle East.
Installation of pile cage with O-cell assembly
Amidst all these construction activities, LOADTEST have taken the lead in foundation testing with record breaking loads for Qatar with the patented bi-directional O-cell® testing method. Several projects have now been undertaken in Qatar with tests numbering well into double figures.

The maximum test load that has been mobilised using O-cell testing now stands at 87MN. Loads of this magnitude, although easily achieved by O-cell technology, would have proved extremely difficult to achieve with other testing techniques.

As new structures continue to increase in size, the foundations required need to perform to higher loads. Until recently, all of the larger buildings were founded in the limestone or shale deposits. Now, as the projects get bigger and more impressive, consideration is being given to whether the piles need to found in the Rus Chalk below.

Placing cage in shaftThe bi-directional tests have also been designed to allow the performance of the piles to be evaluated without the need for concreting up to ground level nor complex de-bonding arrangements from final design level back to the current piling platform level, a depth of over 20 metres in one case. This has enabled preliminary piles to be tested at an early stage of the building process and with the same construction techniques as the working piles.

Several working piles have also been tested after excavation to confirm the pile design and tension tests have been performed up to 10MN.

Due to the complexity of the soils, foundation designs and the magnitude of the loads required, O-cell testing has proved to be an invaluable tool in the evaluation of the bearing capacity and soil properties and has allowed foundation designs to be both verified and optimised.