The vote-manipulation scandal of K-pop reality show Produce X 101 continues to snowball. The police have found evidence showing that the final rankings of some of the 11 contestants fans voted into boyband “X1” were rigged. At least two or three winning trainees were added to the group after receiving votes meant for trainees that ultimately lost.
In addition to raids on the CJ ENM-owned broadcasting company Mnet, the police also made raids on three talent agencies, including Starship Entertainment, MBK Entertainment and Woollim Entertainment. The head producer and several staff members of the TV show reportedly have been booked on charges of obstruction of business.
The police have also seized voice recordings found on the phones of staff members discussing vote rigging that took place not only this season but also in the previous three. Hundreds of viewers filed a lawsuit against the broadcaster for fraud in August, as their on-site text voting service charged 100 Korean won (US$0.08) per vote.
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(Eddy Chang, Taipei Times)
南韓實境選秀《Produce X 101》票數操控醜聞如雪球般越滾越大，警方上週已查獲證據，顯示由粉絲票選組成男團「X1」的十一位參賽者，其中幾位最終排名的確有造假。至少有兩到三位入選的練習生，因不當獲取原屬於落選者的票數才得以勝出。
With the recent heavy rainfall and humidity, wild mushrooms have been shooting up in mountain forests and grasslands. In Nantou County’s Puli Township a man picked some unfamiliar fungi growing in the National Chung Hsing University experimental forest area along Nanan Road and took them home to cook. The result was that the whole family of five had to rush to hospital. For the sake of filling their bellies they almost lost their lives. It was truly a case of biting off more than they could chew. You hear many stories of people eating unfamiliar mushrooms and giving themselves food
A: Argh! B: What is it? A: Cockroach! Over there by the bookshelf. It’s huge! B: Oh no, not another one. I’m beginning to think there’s a cockroach nest inside our apartment. Don’t worry, I’ll deal with it. A: 啊！ B: 怎麼了？ A: 有蟑螂！在書櫃那邊。超大隻！ B: 哦不，不要再來了。我開始覺得我們公寓裡有蟑螂窩了。別擔心，我會處理的。 English 英文: Chinese 中文:
The sudden sharp fall in greenhouse gas emissions recorded in the early part of this year may seem like an environmental blessing, a breathing space as the world fights climate breakdown. Skies clear of aircrafts and streets free of cars have encouraged the return of nature and brought visions of a cleaner world. Carbon dioxide emissions had fallen by 17 percent on average by early April, according to a definitive study published in Nature Climate Change on May 19, as a result of the lockdown measures put in place around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the unprecedented decline