A: Fancy a movie after work?
B: No, I’m going home to watch the World Cup semi-finals.
A: I didn’t know you were a soccer fan. Who are you supporting?
B: Well, it was Brazil, but they didn’t advance to the semi-finals.
For the prognosticators on the US National Intelligence Council who sat down in 2004 to consider what the world might look like in 2020, the answer hinged heavily on one big question: What did the future of globalization look like? Their answer: Not great. By 2020, they predicted, globalization would face a political backlash in a world increasingly plagued by identity politics. Yet if anything was going to really derail economic integration, it would likely be the mass spread of a virulent new disease. “Short of a major global conflict, which we regard as improbable, another large-scale development that we believe could stop
Taiwan’s “queen of dancing,” Serena Liu, unexpectedly passed away on Sunday after a surgical procedure to treat a heart condition encountered complications. Liu was put on life support for 18 days, and was then fitted with a ventricular assist device to keep her alive until a new heart could be found. Liu valiantly struggled on for another 45 days before finally succumbing on Sunday, aged 44. Taiwan’s “queen of ballroom dancing“ left home to forge a path in the entertainment industry and went on to enjoy a glittering career. Liu began studying ballet at elementary school and studied Russian at National
Recently, during preparations to demolish an old school building, staff at Nanning High School in Tainan’s South District discovered an old piece of blackboard, on which was written the names of two sudents on duty — Tsai Yun-ping and Tsai Ju-fen — on that day, 33 years ago, in the school’s Junior High Division. On March 16, Tainan City Councilor Lu Wei-yin, school principal Su Tsung-li and Nanning parents’ association president Lin Ho-ling held a news conference with the theme “Tsai Yun-ping, Tsai Ju-fen, where are you?”, hoping to trace the owners of the two names written on the blackboard
A: Disaster: I’ve had to cancel my vacation to France due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The government has issued a warning on travel to the country. B: Oh, no. That’s really bad luck. Still, it’s probably a good thing: the coronavirus seems to have really taken hold in Europe. A: Actually, I’ve been worrying about whether to cancel the vacation for some time: It felt like a weight off my shoulders. A: 好慘哦：因為武漢肺炎疫情爆發，我必須取消去法國渡假。政府已經頒布前往法國的旅遊警告了。 B: 哦不。那真的很不幸。不過，這也可能是件好事：新冠病毒看起來真的已經在歐洲蔓延了。 A: 事實上，我已經擔心要不要取消這趟渡假好一陣子了：現在感覺肩頭卸下了一份重擔。 English 英文: Chinese 中文: