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Human rights groups urge broadcasters to not cover Beijing Winter OlympicsHuman rights groups have asked television broadcasters to not cover next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing. The Winter Games are set to open on Feb. 4.The human rights groups — representing minorities in China including Uyghurs, Tibetans and Hong Kong residents — signed an op…
 
In past columns, we’ve looked at inventions that help around the house, like the vacuum cleaner and the electric washing machine. Following that trend, this month we look at the hand-held hair dryer.Before hair dryers, people airdried their hair. Women had longer hair and women’s hairstyles took a long time to create. “Doing your hair” was a tax on…
 
Rome has been invaded by Gauls, Visigoths and Vandals over the centuries, but the Eternal City is now grappling with a rampaging force of an entirely different sort: trash-seeking wild boars.Entire families of wild boars have become a daily sight in Rome, as groups of 10 to 30 beasts young and old emerge from the vast parks surrounding the city to …
 
Colombia confiscates shark fins bound for HKColombian authorities said Sept. 24 they have confiscated a shipment of 3,493 shark fins that were to be illegally trafficked to Hong Kong from Bogota’s airport.Environmental authorities in the capital said the quantity of fins meant around 900 to 1,000 sharks between 1 and 5 meters in length would have h…
 
Continued from Part 1…It’s difficult to shuck an oyster — that means to open an oyster shell — but your reward might be a beautiful pearl. That gives us the phrase “The world is my oyster.” It comes from Shakespeare’s play The Merry Wives of Windsor. When someone says this, they mean that they have many opportunities to make a profit or gain an adv…
 
In this month’s column we look again at common idioms from the animal kingdom.Guinea pigs are very cute pets, and have also often been used in laboratory tests and experiments. Someone may also be called a “guinea pig” if they are a test subject for something new. “We have a new English examination, and this year’s students will be the guinea pigs.…
 
A robot’s gaze can affect the human brainIt has long been known that making eye contact with a robot can be an unsettling experience. Scientists even have a name for the queasy feeling: the “uncanny valley.” Now, thanks to researchers, we also know it’s more than just a feeling.A team at the Istituto Italiano Di Tecnologia in Genoa has shown how a …
 
BTS make music video at United NationsFully vaccinated South Korean band BTS danced for the United Nations in a Sept. 20 broadcast promoting global goals tackling poverty, inequality, injustice and climate change ahead of the annual U.N. gathering of world leaders.The seven-member group filmed a music video to its song Permission to Dance in the wo…
 
The countries of the world are quite different! Each nation has its own values, attitudes and customs. One famous story that illustrates these differences is the “sinking ship” joke. Here’s how it goes.An international cruise ship was sailing across the ocean. Suddenly, it struck an iceberg and began to sink. The captain put the women and children …
 
Hundreds of birds migrating through New York City over the week from Sept. 13 died after crashing into the city’s glass towers, a mass casualty event spotlighted by a New York City Audubon volunteer’s tweets showing the World Trade Center littered with bird carcasses.The week’s avian death toll was particularly high, but bird strikes on Manhattan s…
 
Continued from Part 1… Though she never had the opportunity to study English abroad, she did go on an exchange program to Nantes, France, during high school. When she returned, she says she sometimes felt closer to French than English.“I would hear someone talking on the street in French and I could understand it almost like I was hearing Japanese.…
 
Michiyo Kagami is an English-speaking daikagura performer who also gives lectures on the traditional performing art.“So much of daikagura is rooted in traditional Japanese culture. The art goes back 1,300 years. I’m always pondering how best to explain concepts like medetai and goen to non-Japanese audiences.”She talks about the time she explained …
 
If you believe the locals, then Galway is the beating heart of Irish culture. You can’t go far without tripping over a castle or abbey, and parts of the city have strong Latin and Spanish influences.Start with a relaxing stroll round the medieval Latin Quarter. It’s full of charming shops selling arts and crafts. You can look for traditional knitwe…
 
You’re probably asking yourself: What’s all the fuss about TikTok? Should I try it? If you like short fun videos that open the window into a diverse world of talent, then yes — absolutely.TikTok is where many memes are born and — within days or even hours — die. It’s impossible to remember them all. They come from music videos, politics, sports, TV…
 
Classic 1992 film The Bodyguard to get a Hollywood remake, but few details so farThe Bodyguard, the 1992 movie that launched the acting career of the late Whitney Houston and featured her most famous song, is getting a reboot.Hollywood movie studio Warner Bros. said that a reimagining of the romantic thriller is in development with a script penned …
 
An employee cost a New York county at least $6,000 (¥660,000) in electricity bills by allegedly secretly installing dozens of machines at his workplace in a cryptocurrency scheme, authorities said Sept. 8, announcing charges against him.Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy Sini said Christopher Naples, who worked in the county clerk’s office as…
 
Three Japanese were named in Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people of 2021. For one of them, it was her third time on the annual list.The Time 100 was revealed on Sept. 15. Time separated its list of 100 people into categories: icons, pioneers, titans, artists, leaders and innovators.Tennis star Naomi Osaka appeared on the list fo…
 
Continued from Part 1… We take so many photos in our day-to-day lives that it’s easy to forget how valuable each picture used to be. A century ago, getting a single portrait was an event. Even as recently as the 1990s, photos came at a premium, with film rolls limiting you to a couple dozen pictures that took time and money to have developed. Now, …
 
Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about the value I place on certain items.For example, if my house were to go up in flames, which items would I try to save?Let’s pretend that each item weighs the same and is easy to carry, but that I can pick only one thing to bring with me.Would it be something that brings me joy, like the snowboard I bought just l…
 
首届“中国网络文明大会”在北京举行首届“中国网络文明大会”11月19日在北京国家会议中心开幕,大会由中央网信办、中央文明办和中共北京市委、北京市人民政府共同主办,以“汇聚向上向善力量,携手建设网络文明”为主题,会期1天。大会定位于打造我国网络文明的理念宣介平台、经验交流平台、成果展示平台和国际网络文明互鉴平台。举办大会旨在坚持以人民为中心的发展思想,大力发展积极健康的网络文化,净化网络生态、滋养网络空间,满足亿万网民对美好生活的向往。主论坛发布了《新时代网络文明建设十件大事》和《共建网络文明行动倡议》,分论坛将围绕“网上内容建设”“网络生态治理的挑战与应对”“网络法治”“青少年网络文明素养”“数据与算法”“网络公益慈善发展与挑战应对”和“平台经济诚信建设”等主题展开。美国劳工部将暂停实施拜登…
 
France plunged into an unprecedented diplomatic crisis with the United States and Australia on Sept. 17 after it recalled its ambassadors from both countries over a trilateral security deal that sank a French-designed submarine contract with Canberra.The rare decision taken by French President Emmanuel Macron was made due to the “exceptional gravit…
 
A Michigan man made a striking discovery under his house when he went to demolish his back stairs: about 160 bowling balls.David Olson, 33, said he found one ball buried in the sand behind cinder blocks in July and continued finding more over the following days.“I was actually a little happy about that because it’s a little easier to roll bowling b…
 
国家高山滑雪中心启动北京冬奥会造雪工作随着气象条件和硬件设施达到工作要求,国家高山滑雪中心15日正式启动冬奥造雪工作,预计明年1月中旬完成。延庆赛区建设单位北控京奥场馆运行分公司国家高山滑雪中心山地运行经理吴高胜介绍,造雪将从场馆山顶出发区、竞速训练道和技术道路的山顶区域开始,逐步向山间结束区推进;造雪团队由20名中外人员组成,分两个班次24小时持续作业,预计投用造雪设备170台。为确保竞赛选手达到每小时130公里左右的滑行时速,且不同出发顺序的选手使用的雪道状态相对一致,造雪团队将按国际雪联要求制作“冰状雪”赛道。“冰状雪”赛道硬度近似冰面,通过减少雪板和雪道之间的摩擦,保证竞技性和公平性。俄国防部:俄太空试验不会构成威胁针对美方指责俄罗斯太空试验威胁外空活动的说法,俄国防部16日发表声明…
 
Lots of people have stories about being best friends with dogs, cats, horses, dolphins and other mammals. But in Coventry, England, 13-year-old Lacey Shillinglaw got to be best mates with a bumblebee, and her story is putting huge smiles on people’s faces.Lacey was walking her dog in August when she spotted a large bumblebee lying on the road. The …
 
这个数星星的孩子叫张衡(公元78年——139年),是汉朝人。他长大以后刻苦钻研天文知识,发明了测定地震方位的地动仪(Chang’s seismograph)和演示日月星辰运行的浑天仪(Armillary Sphere),成为一位伟大的天文学家。张衡的地动仪,造于公元132年,是世界上最早的地震仪器。地动仪是用铜制造的,上面有八条龙,分别朝着八个方向。每条龙的嘴里含着一个小铜球。哪个方向发生地震,那个方向的龙就吐出铜球,落在下面的青蛙嘴里。公元138年的一天,突然地动仪朝西的龙吐出铜球,落入青蛙嘴里。过了几天,洛阳西边一千里远的陇西派人送来消息,那里发生了地震。地动仪测出的地震方向和时间都是对的。后世称张衡为“科圣”。由于张衡的贡献突出,月球背面的一座环形山(crater)被命名为“张衡环形山…
 
Germany’s central bank says it has been inundated with damaged bank notes after deadly floods that hit part of the country in July. The notes are worth more than €50 million (¥6.1 billion), the bank said.The Bundesbank said Sept. 1 that individuals and banks have handed in notes that were soaked in the floods and often also contaminated with oil, s…
 
Britain’s Emma Raducanu completed a Grand Slam fairy tale Sept. 11 by beating Canadian Leylah Fernandez 6-4, 6-3 in a clash of the teens to be crowned U.S. Open champion.The 18-year-old became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title and the first British woman to hoist a major trophy since Virginia Wade triumphed at Wimbledon in 1977.“It’s an…
 
Continued from Part 1…Line has also striven to become a fully comprehensive social network. As early as 2012, it introduced its Home and Timeline features, similar to features in Facebook. Other profitable services include Line Manga and Line Play, a platform for mobile games like 2014’s monumentally successful Disney Tsum Tsum. And Line Pay remain…
 
晚上,满天的星星像无数珍珠挂在天空。一个孩子坐在院子里,靠着奶奶,仰着头,指着天空数星星。一颗,两颗……一直数到了几百颗。奶奶笑着说:“孩子,又在数星星了?那么多星星,一闪一闪地乱动,眼都花了。你能数得清吗?”孩子说:“奶奶,能看得见,就能数得清。星星是动,可不是乱动。您看,这颗星和那颗星,它们离得总是一样远。”爷爷走过来说:“孩子,你看得很仔细。天上的星星是在动,可是,它们之间的距离是不变的。我们的祖先把它们分成一组一组的,还给他们起了名字。”爷爷指着北边的天空,说:“你们看,那七颗星,连起来像一把勺子,叫北斗星。离它们不远的那颗星,叫北极星。北斗星总是绕着北极星转。”爷爷说的话是真的吗?这个孩子一夜没睡好,几次起来看星星。他看清楚了,北斗星果然绕着北极星慢慢转动。…
 
The Line messaging application has been a mainstay during the pandemic. Thousands of businesses, local governments and individuals across Japan use it to keep the public informed. Fittingly, it was developed in response to another national emergency: the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.When telecommunications were disrupted af…
 
全国煤炭日产量1205万吨创历史新高记者11日从国家发展改革委了解到,随着煤炭增产增供措施不断落地见效,煤矿优质产能进一步释放,寒潮后全国煤炭产量迅速恢复并快速提升,11月10日,煤炭调度日产量达到1205万吨,创历史新高,较上一个峰值增加12万吨,其中山西、陕西、新疆等多省区煤炭产量均创近年来新高,为全国能源保供稳价工作奠定更为牢固的基础。随着全国煤炭产量和市场供应量持续增加,电厂供煤、存煤和港口煤炭场存水平进一步提升。11月10日,全国电厂供煤再次超过800万吨,达到814.3万吨;供煤大于耗煤超过200万吨,达到204.3万吨;电厂存煤达到1.23亿吨,可用天数超过21天。11月11日,北方主要港口存煤2400万吨,较月初增加超过400万吨;其中秦皇岛港存煤565万吨,较月初增加60万…
 
When the U.S. withdrew its military from Afghanistan, it tried to evacuate as many American and Afghan civilians as it could — more than 123,000, by one count. Where will they go?It makes sense to think they will go to neighboring countries like Pakistan and Iran. But those two countries took in massive numbers of Afghans last year — 1.45 million a…
 
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Diabetes surges among US youths: studyThe number of young people with the most prevalent form of diabetes nearly doubled in the U.S. from 2001 to 2017, according to a study published on Aug. 24.The findings showed that the rate of young people ages 10 to 19 with type 2 diabetes increased by 95% over the 16-year period. The estimated rate of youths …
 
教育部:将抑郁症筛查纳入学生健康体检中国教育部日前对全国政协《关于进一步落实青少年抑郁症防治措施的提案》进行了答复,其中明确将抑郁症筛查纳入学生健康体检内容。教育部指出,对青少年进行预防抑郁症教育是实施素质教育、促进青少年全面发展、保障青少年身心健康的一项重要工作。教育部、中国国家卫生健康委员会对此高度重视,采取了一系列措施,推进青少年预防抑郁症教育工作。教育部表示,需建立全过程青少年抑郁症防治服务、评估体系。各级医疗卫生机构要规范、持续开展抑郁症防治等相关知识培训。加大对非精神专科医院医师的培训,提高其识别抑郁症的能力。各类体检中心在体检项目中纳入情绪状态评估,供体检人员选用。各高中及高等院校均设置心理辅导(咨询)室和心理健康教育课程,配备心理健康教育教师。APEC报告预测:亚太地区今年经…
 
Many people worry that smartphones are taking over our lives. They stop us from focusing on more important things.One answer is to use a simple phone; we looked at that in the column here in August. But why not try an app instead? There are many of these “focus apps,” and they all aim to stop you from constantly checking your phone.The apps are mos…
 
You never know when the best friend you could ever hope to have will suddenly appear in your life and change it forever. That was what happened to Ohio Sheriff Dan McClelland when he picked out a puppy to train as a drug sniffer. From day one the pair were inseparable, bonded as much by love as mutual respect.McClelland named his little dog “Midge.…
 
President Tsai Ing-wen got vaccinated with Taiwan’s first domestically developed COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23, giving it her stamp of approval as the island begins rolling out the shot, even as critics say its approval has been rushed.The health ministry approved the emergency use of Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp.’s COVID-19 vaccine in July, part o…
 
Continued from Part 1…A lot of trust is involved since Audrey pays for everyone first. Also, her neighbours collect the eggs on their own. So far, no one has taken more eggs than they’ve ordered. Only once did someone say that the large eggs she’d ordered were nowhere to be seen. A quick message in the group chat cleared things up. Another neighbor…
 
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