In Singapore, Lunar New Year means two days off work for everyone, even though the celebration is traditionally more important to the ethnic Chinese population than to other Singapore residents. Many people visit the traditional Chinatown on New Year's Eve for a parade and countdown to the New Year. Just as in Taiwan, spending time with family is very important.
Fireworks, firecrackers, confetti, and floats help create a festive atmosphere in the streets, while restaurants offer special dinners and food stands sell traditional treats like waxed duck, sweet meats and cookies.
Singapore also marks the fall of the city to Japanese forces on Lunar New Year, calling it Self Defense Day, but the New Year festivities are by far more important.
As Iran prepares to play diplomatic arch-rivals the US in the World Cup today, AFP looks at how geopolitics have spilled onto the pitch in previous World Cups: Mussolini’s ‘Blackshirts’: France v Italy, 1938 Just a year before World War II broke out, defending champions Italy arrived in France with politics taking center stage in their clash with the hosts. Championed by Italy’s then-leader, fascist dictator Benito Mussolini, the team were booed when they came onto the pitch at the stadium near Paris. Undeterred, the Italians gave the fascist salute to the crowd and played in black shirts,
California is set to build world’s largest wildlife crossing 不用再跟車子搶道！全球最大動物通道在加州 Ahighway project designed to benefit wild animals has begun construction in California. The overpass, which had its groundbreaking ceremony in April, stretches over a section of the 10-lane US 101 highway to the northwest of downtown Los Angeles. The introduction of a wildlife bridge is intended to save the lives of animals in the area, in particular the endangered mountain lion species. This part of Southern California is riddled with freeways, and over 25 mountain lions have been hit and killed here since 2002. There are now fewer than 13 mountain lions left in the area. With such a small population,
Ms Kung put up a notice on the bulletin board of Classroom 901 龔老師在901教室的佈告欄上貼了一則告示。 You’re invited to the Christmas Party Date: Friday, Dec. 23 Place: Classroom 901 Notice: I will write each of your names on a piece of paper and put them in a box. Two weeks before the party, you will pick a name out of the box. Don’t tell anyone the name you drew. What you have to do is observe secretly what he/she likes. In other words, you will be his/her “Secret Santa,” and prepare a gift for him/her. At the party, you will …… 1. Put what you prepared on the big
Archaeology under the sea 水下考古：「潛」進歷史 Archaeologists tend to be stereotyped as people who work on land, digging up ancient ruins that lie below the surface of the earth. However, in recent decades, an exciting new form of archaeology has taken shape. This new practice is called underwater archaeology. Put simply, instead of looking under the ground for ancient artifacts, archaeologists dive deep into the ocean to conduct their searches. Underwater archaeology, although not without logistical difficulties, has been responsible for a number of high-profile findings in recent years. The development of underwater archaeology owes much to concurrent technological progress. First and foremost, it was the invention