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By Oleg K. Temple, December 2019.

The whirlwind tour comprised a rich cultural agenda, guided excursions of historical sights and tourist attractions, such as the Nan Qiang showcase settlement of the beautiful villages project; the elaborate Romantic Show, the Luhuitou Park and the Boundary Island—all scenic gems in Sanya; the majestic West Lake in Suzhou, as well as an introduction to China’s economic powerhouses including Suzhou’s industrial park, where a symposium was held at TongCheng-Elong Holdings, a giant in the online travel agency arena. Other notable tours on the event’s path included: Hainan’s Chun Guang Coconut Factory where participants were able to sample numerous unusual products created on site—from confectionaries, powered coconut milk and jackfruit sparkling wine to perfumes, the Xinglong Tropical Botanical Garden, Agricultural International Technology Transfer Park and the Hainan Province Haiyu Academy of Pearlology in Sanya.


By Oleg K. Temple, November 2019.

From 17th to the 30th of October, a delegation of Latvian entrepreneurs attended the Seminar on Tourism Management for Developing Countries in China. The event was sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China and organised by the Commercial Training Centre of the Department of Commerce of Hainan Province. The purpose of the conference, which brought together over 40 participants from 14 countries, was to introduce China to the world and facilitate networking among the participants.

HOUSE I 2019 Expo — A Detailed Report (Part 2)

By Oleg K Temple, March 2019

Read part 1 of this article HERE

In part one of this article we explored the luxurious splendour of the Decco Centrs conglomerate, the heat pumps by NIBE that are, quite literally, saving the world we live in and the slick, indestructible fibre-cement roofing and facade products by Eternit Baltic. Let’s continue reviewing the interior design and construction companies from Latvia and her neighbours. As advertised, brace yourself for an encounter with grass-shredding robots, alternative energy gurus and Flemish lions! Don’t forget to share your experiences and thoughts in the comment section below.

HOUSE I 2019 Expo — A Detailed Report

By Oleg K Temple, March 2019

You could be forgiven for thinking that nowadays the vast majority of business is conducted between computers, in an endless stream of precise, albeit apathetic and impersonal data. However, a significant portion of deal-making still endures in the real world, as it requires a human handshake and that was evident at the HOUSE I 2019 Expo. You see, fancy website templates, however well-designed and engineered, are no substitute for the raw human passion and drive—qualities brought in spades to the exhibition hall by the participants. These intrepid sales warriors are the reason why the brick and mortar stores will always endure. And I do mean warriors. Even after long days on their feet, always answering the same questions, each expert we spoke with endeavoured to present their product in the best light, remained courteous and highly enthusiastic.

Are democracy and capitalism mutually-exclusive? (Part 1 of 3)

By Oleg Temple, September 2017.

Central Florida–a dream for real estate investors

By Krista Taurins, February 2014.

Amusement parks, sunny beaches less than an hour away, perfect weather, and affordable properties. What's not to love?

Rethink Power & Energy Solutions – bright ideas to keep you warm

By Oleg K. Temple, November 2010. Published in PRIME Match Magazine #40.

The advent of the energy revolution in this new millennium is as unstoppable as sunrise on a new day, try as they might (by buying up and suppressing new energy patents, political lobbying etc.), the oil giants can do nothing to halt the inevitable. The technologies to heal the world and its people exist and once they become available at fair market prices (rather than at prices aimed at deterring the consumer), factories will begin mass production and the consumer will take to clean technologies like fish to water.

The Baltic Power Scene

By Oleg K. Temple, October 2010. Published in PRIME Match Magazine #40.


Nuclear power is generated through controlled (i.e., non-explosive) nuclear fission reactions that vaporize water and the steam drives the turbines to generate clean electricity.

Overview of the ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 2010

By Oleg K. Temple, October 2010. Published in PRIME Match Magazine #40.

The 6th international exhibition on energy, energy efficiency, infrastructure and environmental technologies, ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY 2010 took place at the International Exhibition Centre in Riga on Ķīpsala October 14-17.

Will the Eurozone umbrella hold or fold?

By Oleg K. Temple, June 2010.

To ensure that their markets remain upright and sprightly in the long-term, in the good old days, the EU countries came together and created sensible (albeit optimistic) fiscal rules that set the gyration boundaries for their rapidly unfurling economies. Government debt must always reside south of 60% of GDP at the end of the fiscal year and the annual government deficit must not eclipse 3% of total GDP. Shockingly, Finland and Luxembourg are the only two of the 16 Eurozone countries that have managed to rein in the rapacious crisis and adhere to both of these cardinal rules. Hence, the EU economy plummeted into disarray and the path to recovery is proving to be a slow and arduous one.


Top Tips for Buying and Selling a Home

By Mark Nash.

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