The temperature has been going up in Karachi, Pakistan recently. The summer months mean that temperatures are now over 40oC. But even worse than the heat is the lack of power.
The private electricity company that gives power to Karachi is short on electricity, meaning they have had to cut power for over ten hours to some neighborhoods.
People could not use their air conditioners, making them even more hot. TVs and refrigerators also became useless, so restaurants, other businesses and private citizens had to throw away food.
These power cuts have made many people angry, and so young people ran through the city on the night of June 25 burning police cars and setting barricades on fire.
Pakistan plans to build more power plants but they will take years to finish.
1. electricity n.
電力 (dian4 li4)
例: We didn't pay our electricity bill for a few months. Now our power has been cut.
2. useless adj.
無用的 (wu2 yong4 de5)
例: I know my doll collection is useless, but I still think it looks nice.
3. barricade n.
路障 (lu4 zhang4)
例: The police set up a barricade to protect the president from the crowd during the parade.
Taiwan is celebrating the anniversary of the same-sex marriage bill, which officially took effect on May 24 last year. According to Ministry of the Interior statistics, a total of 4,021 same-sex couples had married as of May. Last Friday, the Rainbow Equality Platform released an opinion poll about Taiwanese’s attitude toward same-sex marriage. Among the respondents, 92.8 percent said same-sex marriage does not affect them personally, and 50.1 percent of them said such union does not affect Taiwan’s society. However, 74.1 percent of them said it is acceptable to see straight couples kissing in the street; the figure dropped to 48.2
Astronomers believe they may have found the first direct evidence of a new planet being born. A dense disc of dust and gas has been spotted surrounding a young star called AB Aurigae, about 520 light years away from Earth. Using the European Southern Observatory’s (ESO) Very Large Telescope (VLT), located in Chile, the researchers observed a spiral structure with a “twist” near the center, which suggests a new world may be in the process of forming. The swirling disc was one of the telltale signs of the star system being born in the constellation of Auriga, the scientists said.
The Dunhua Eslite branch is to shut up shop at the end of this month. During a news conference held on the afternoon of April 23, Mercy Wu, chairwoman of Eslite Spectrum Corp, spoke candidly about the bookstore founded by her father Robert Wu, and about how it stirred up emotions inside her still. She also spoke of her decision, made in this very store, not to study overseas, and instead to stay in Taiwan to run the store with her father. When speaking about the special place the bookstore had in her heart, she compared it to the rose