New York’s tabloid newspaper front pages are easy to imagine — a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the largest US commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sunning himself on an Italian beach.
Despite the potentially damaging political optics, the Democratic mayor on July 19 embarked on a nine-day Italian vacation in the face of a looming Long Island Rail Road strike, which if it had happened would have paralyzed portions of the largest US city.
The mayor had said he would return from his trip if a crisis arose, but signaled that he believed his team could manage without him.
Even before the Long Island Rail Road labor talks broke down, the trip, funded in part by taxpayers, raised eyebrows. De Blasio has been in office only since January, and his vacation is scheduled to last longer than those of recent mayors.
1. in the face of idiom
儘管 (jin2 guan3)
例: She dropped out of school in the face of strong opposition from her parents.
2. break down idiom
故障；失敗；崩潰 (gu4 zhang4; shi1 bai4; beng1 kui4)
例: My car broke down on my way to work this morning.
3. raise eyebrows idiom
引人側目 (yin3 ren2 ce4 mu4)
例: His tight pants raised a few eyebrows at the convention.
Taiwanese high-school student Hsu Tzu-han has been reunited with her childhood Indonesian carer, Duwi, 15 years after they last saw each other. The two reconnected via a video messaging social media platform. Duwi, who lives in Surakarta city, known colloquially as Solo in Indonesia, worked as Hsu’s grandmother’s carer between 2000 and 2004. While Hsu was a first-year kindergarten student, Duwi’s employment contract came to an end, and she had to return to Indonesia. On Hsu’s fourth birthday, Duwi gave her a teddy bear as a birthday present. However, Duwi says she didn’t say goodbye to Hsu when she left Taiwan
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 3,553 same-sex couples had married as of March. 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
Faced with the COVID-19 crisis, the creative South Korean showbiz has tried to resume activities in alternative ways. SM Entertainment has been working with Naver’s V Live to launch a series of shows through the K-pop live video streaming service, allowing entertainers to broadcast live on the platform and chat with their fans. For the shows, titled “Beyond Live,” SM has employed “augmented reality” (AR) technology in the background created by real-time augmented 3D graphics, while simultaneously providing interactive communication online. Some fans said that the online shows are more fun than real concerts, because they can chat and interact
B: So was Spot OK? A: I checked her over and found she had a wound on her right back leg. B: Had she been attacked? A: No, it looks like she had caught her leg on a sharp object. She was still bleeding profusely. B: 所以小花還好嗎？ A: 我把牠全身都檢查過一遍，結果發現牠右後腿上有一個傷口。 B: 牠是不是遭到攻擊了？ A: 沒有耶，看起來牠是不小心讓腿碰到尖銳的東西。我發現的時候牠還在大量流血。 English 英文: Chinese 中文: