Filtrar por género
通勤學英語 15Mins Today
- 每日英語跟讀，跟著 John老師一起朗讀、跟讀時事趣聞。
- 精選詞彙 Vocab播客，收聽John與老師群討論主題內容與精選詞彙。
- 15Mins Live Podcast ，收聽該週一在Clubhouse上的直播單元，可一同參加練習口說！
喜歡這個Podcast? 請在Apple Podcast裡給五星給予支持並留言喔～
Powered by Firstory Hosting
- 1941 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K584: 比爾·蓋茨預測人工智慧對Google搜尋和亞馬遜的顛覆性潛力
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K584: Bill Gates Predicts AI's Disruptive Potential on Google Search and Amazon
During a recent event on artificial intelligence organized by Goldman Sachs and SV Angel, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates shared his belief that the future of artificial intelligence lies in the development of a personal digital agent capable of performing various tasks for individuals. Gates emphasized that this technology has the potential to significantly alter user behavior, eliminating the need for people to visit search engines, use certain productivity tools, or shop on platforms like Amazon. The first company to successfully create such an AI assistant will have a significant advantage over its competitors, according to Gates.
The envisioned AI personal assistant will possess a deep understanding of users' needs and habits, offering assistance in reading materials that individuals may not have time to explore. Gates expressed these thoughts during the Goldman Sachs and SV Angel event held in San Francisco, focusing on the topic of artificial intelligence. The profound impact of this technology on user behavior cannot be overstated, as it has the potential to revolutionize the way individuals interact with digital platforms and access information.
Gates believes that the future leading company in artificial intelligence has a 50-50 chance of being either a startup or a tech giant. While Gates expressed hope for Microsoft's involvement in this field, he also acknowledged the impressive work of certain startups, including Inflection.AI, co-founded by former DeepMind executive Mustafa Suleyman. However, Gates emphasized that it will take some time before this powerful AI agent is ready for mainstream use. In the meantime, companies will continue integrating generative AI technologies, such as OpenAI's popular ChatGPT, into their own products.
Beyond the impact on digital platforms, Gates also discussed how AI can accelerate innovations in the healthcare sector. He expressed optimism that advancements in AI will lead to more advanced drug development, potentially offering solutions for diseases like Alzheimer's. Gates speculated that within the next decade, human trials for new drugs could take place, bringing us closer to finding effective treatments. Furthermore, Gates mentioned the potential impact of generative AI technologies on both white-collar and blue-collar workers. The rise of text-generating AI has the potential to transform the nature of work, while the development of humanoid robots that are cost-effective for companies could affect blue-collar employment.
In a light-hearted remark, Gates jokingly commented on the importance of ensuring that these advanced robots do not "get Alzheimer's" as humanity continues to explore and harness the potential of AI in various fields.
蓋茨在輕鬆的談話中開玩笑地提到，在人們利用人工智慧並不斷探索其各個領域的潛力時，重要的是確保這些先進的機器人不會“患上阿茲海默症”。Reference article: https://www.cnbc.com/2023/05/22/bill-gates-predicts-the-big-winner-in-ai-smart-assistants.html
Powered by Firstory HostingMon, 05 Jun 2023
- 1940 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K583: Netflix針對帳戶共用問題採取行動並擴大相關措施
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K583: Netflix Takes Action Against Account Sharing and Expands Measures
Netflix has recently addressed the issue of account sharing, both in Taiwan and worldwide. In an announcement on its official website, Netflix revealed that it will send emails to members who share their accounts with non-residents, asking for an additional monthly fee. Many users share accounts to save money, and Netflix has been aware of this for some time. After testing measures against account sharing in Latin America last year, Netflix has now expanded these measures globally, including Taiwan, which has caught the attention of users.
According to Netflix, user accounts are intended for residents of the same household. If users want to share their accounts with people outside their households, they can purchase additional memberships. These additional members will have their own account and password, with the subscription fee paid by the inviting person. The basic plan does not allow extra members, while the standard plan permits one extra member and the premium plan allows for two extra members. However, there are limitations for additional members, such as streaming on one device at a time and downloading on one device. The country where the additional member activates the account must match the account owner's country.
Netflix aims to protect its revenue from investments in TV shows and movies by cracking down on account sharing practices. As the market becomes saturated, Netflix has been exploring new ways to generate income, including limiting account sharing and introducing advertising support options. Emails regarding account sharing will be sent to users in 103 countries, including Taiwan, the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Mexico, and Brazil. Netflix emphasizes that accounts are for residents of the same household, but users can share accounts with others outside their households by paying an extra fee.
Netflix's CEO, Ted Sarandos, mentioned that addressing account sharing helps expand the base of paying members and supports the company's long-term growth strategy. Netflix's user count reached a record high of 232.5 million in the first quarter of this year. The company introduced a successful advertising-supported plan, attracting over 5 million subscribers. Analyst Ross Benes noted that Netflix's decision to introduce an advertising-supported plan while addressing account sharing is strategic. Individuals previously using shared accounts and seeking lower-priced options may find the advertising-supported plan appealing.
Netflix的首席執行官（CEO） Ted Sarandos 表示，解決帳戶共用問題有助於擴大付費會員人數，支持公司的長期增長策略。Netflix在今年第一季的用戶達到了2.325億的歷史高點。該公司推出了一個成功的廣告支持計劃，吸引了超過500萬訂閱者。分析師 Ross Benes 指出，Netflix在解決帳戶共用問題的同時，策略性的推出廣告支持計劃。之前使用共用帳戶並尋求價格較低選項的個人可能會對廣告支持計劃感興趣。
Powered by Firstory HostingSun, 04 Jun 2023
- 1939 - 回顧星期天LBS - 能源相關時事趣聞 All about 2022 power and energy
Topic: A Monster Wind Turbine Is Upending an Industry
Twirling above a strip of land at the mouth of Rotterdam’s harbor is a wind turbine so large it is difficult to photograph. The turning diameter of its rotor is longer than two American football fields end to end. Later models will be taller than any building on the mainland of Western Europe.
Packed with sensors gathering data on wind speeds, electricity output and stresses on its components, the giant whirling machine in the Netherlands is a test model for a new series of giant offshore wind turbines planned by General Electric. When assembled in arrays, the wind machines have the potential to power cities, supplanting the emissions-spewing coal- or natural gas-fired plants that form the backbones of many electric systems today.
GE has yet to install one of these machines in ocean water. As a relative newcomer to the offshore wind business, the company faces questions about how quickly and efficiently it can scale up production to build and install hundreds of the turbines.
But already the giant turbines have turned heads in the industry. A top executive at the world’s leading wind farm developer called it a “bit of a leapfrog over the latest technology.” And an analyst said the machine’s size and advance sales had “shaken the industry.”
The prototype is the first of a generation of new machines that are about a third more powerful than the largest already in commercial service. As such, it is changing the business calculations of wind equipment makers, developers and investors.
The GE machines will have a generating capacity that would have been almost unimaginable a decade ago. A single one will be able to turn out 13 megawatts of power, enough to light up a town of roughly 12,000 homes.
The turbine is capable of producing as much thrust as the four engines of a Boeing 747 jet, according to GE, and will be deployed at sea, where developers have learned that they can plant larger and more numerous turbines than on land to capture breezes that are stronger and more reliable.
The race to build bigger turbines has moved faster than many industry figures foresaw. GE’s Haliade-X generates almost 30 times more electricity than the first offshore machines installed off Denmark in 1991.
In coming years, customers are likely to demand even bigger machines, industry executives say. On the other hand, they predict that turbines will reach a point at which greater size no longer makes economic sense.
Source article: https://udn.com/news/story/6904/5180307
Topic: A Scary Energy Winter Is Coming. Don’t Blame the Greens.
Every so often the tectonic geopolitical plates that hold up the world economy suddenly shift in ways that can rattle and destabilize everything on the surface. That’s happening right now in the energy sphere.
Several forces are coming together that could make Vladimir Putin the king of Europe, enable Iran to thumb its nose at America and build an atomic bomb, and disrupt European power markets enough that the upcoming United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, could suffer blackouts owing to too little clean energy.
Yes, this is a big one.
Natural gas and coal prices in Europe and Asia just hit their highest levels on record, oil prices in America hit a seven-year high and U.S. gasoline prices are up $1 a gallon from last year. If this winter is as bad as some experts predict — with some in the poor and middle classes unable to heat their homes — I fear we’ll see a populist backlash to the whole climate/green movement. You can already smell that coming in Britain.
How did we get here? In truth, it’s a good-news-bad-news story.
The good news is that every major economy has signed onto reducing its carbon footprint by phasing out dirtier fuels like coal to heat homes and to power industries. The bad news is that most nations are doing it in totally uncoordinated ways, from the top down, and before the market has produced sufficient clean renewables like wind, solar and hydro.
But how did the bad-news side of this story emerge so fast?
Blame COVID-19. First, the pandemic erupted and signaled to every major economy that we were headed for a deep recession. This sent prices of all kinds of commodities, including oil and gas, into downward spirals.
This, in turn, led banks to choke off investment in new natural gas capacity and crude wells after seven years of already declining investments in these hydrocarbons because of lousy returns.
As Bill Gates points out in his smart book “How to Avoid a Climate Disaster,” the only way to reach our climate targets is to shift production of all the big heavy industries, like steel, cement and automobiles, as well as how we heat our homes and power our cars, to electricity generated from clean energy. Safe and affordable nuclear power has to be part of our mix because, Gates argues, “it is the only carbon-free, scalable energy source that’s available 24 hours a day.”
就像微軟創辦人蓋茲在他那本睿智的書「如何避免氣候災難」指出的，達成氣候目標的唯一方法是，改變所有重工業如鋼鐵、水泥、汽車業等的生產方式，以及我們在家取暖和為愛車提供動力的方式，轉而用潔淨能源發電。蓋茲主張必須接納安全可負擔的核能，因為「這是唯一不產生二氧化碳又能擴增的能源來源，每天24小時供應」。Source article: https://udn.com/news/story/6904/5820545
Topic: Londoners are better off returning to the office as bills soar
City of London workers looking to save money may want to embrace the office over winter as the cost of working from home soars alongside energy bills.
Those prepared to go into the office every day could save about €50 (US$60) per week in January 2023 if they can walk, run or cycle into their workplace. That’s thanks to the money they’ve saved by not heating a home for the whole day, according to estimates by price comparison site Uswitch.
Those working from home in January could expect to pay around €175 a week in energy costs and other incidentals included in Bloomberg’s calculations such as buying in your own coffee, a freebie in many offices. The combined cost of energy bills — factoring in the lower consumption expected — and five return trips on the Tube from London’s Zone 4 would be about €160 a week in January 2023, a €15 saving.
For those taking the bus, the total cost is about €140, a €35 weekly saving. In both cases, any rise in the cost of the commute will eat into those savings.
Uswitch estimates that the average monthly energy bill could hit €683 in January for home workers, compared to €492 for those heading to the office. It assumes remote workers use 25 percent more electricity and 75 percent more gas per day including from central heating.
“People are going to be really struggling to heat their own homes and they are going to look for warmth in other places — we know that is a coping mechanism that people use, whether that is going to a public space, such as a library or a church maybe, or whether it’s going to work when you usually would work from home” Matt Copeland, policy officer at National Energy Action said. “Those are the options people will consider and people will take to actually find warmth.”
The incentive to come into the office is likely to be welcomed by some in the City of London, where finance bosses have been pushing for a return to the office. Right now less than half of workers in the UK’s banking sector go into the office on an average day, and just 18 percent of insurance sector employees do so, according to a survey by consultancy Advanced Workplace Associates.準備每天去辦
對於這進辦公室的動機，倫敦城某些人可能會樂見其成。這些金融業老闆一直在推動員工重返辦公室。根據諮詢公司Advanced Workplace Associates的一項調查，目前英國銀行業平均只有不到一半的員工進辦公室上班，而保險業只有百分之十八的員工這麼做。source article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2022/08/23/2003783959
Powered by Firstory HostingSat, 03 Jun 2023
- 1938 - 15Mins Live Podcast - 英語慣用語系列 – 太陽公公相關的慣用語 Idioms related to the sun
1. Ray of Sunshine 給人帶來歡樂的人，給人以希望者
Meaning: A happy person who makes the people around them feel happy too
Example: Mary is a ray of sunshine who always makes people laugh.
2. A place in the sun 好位置；幸運的位置
Meaning: A good or lucky position
Example: After years of hard work, Tim has finally found his place in the sun after being promoted to
3. Walking on sunshine 興高采烈
Meaning: To be extremely happy
Example: She has been walking on sunshine ever since getting into her dream university last week.
4. Like a cat on a hot tin roof 坐立不安
Meaning: To be very agitated or anxious
Example: While they waited for their exam results, the students in the classroom were like cats on a hot tin roof.
5. Everything under the sun 世界上的一切
Meaning: everything in the world
Example: I want to do everything under the sun when I am studying in San Francisco!
6. There is nothing new under the sun 日光之下並無新事
Meaning: everything has been done/experienced before
Example: After surfing, kayaking, hiking, and snorkeling, it seemed like there was nothing new under the sun to do in Yilan. But then I discovered the cycling trail!
Please think of two to three scenarios where you can use these idioms or share a story using the idioms.
Powered by Firstory HostingFri, 02 Jun 2023
- 1937 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K582: Nvidia挑戰Intel和AMD，前進超級電腦相關領域
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K582: Nvidia Expands its Presence in Supercomputers, Challenging Intel and AMD
Nvidia Corp has recently collaborated with the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom to develop a new supercomputer, putting it in direct competition with Intel Corp and Advanced Micro Devices Inc. Nvidia, known as the leading producer of graphics processing units (GPUs) in the world, is now venturing into the central processing unit (CPU) market. This year, Nvidia introduced its own CPU chip called Grace, based on Arm Ltd technology owned by SoftBank Group Corp.
Nvidia's GPUs have gained significant popularity due to their ability to accelerate artificial intelligence work. For instance, OpenAI's ChatGPT was developed using thousands of Nvidia GPUs. However, Nvidia's GPUs are typically combined with CPUs, which have long been dominated by Intel and AMD. To expand its market reach, Nvidia has now introduced its own CPU chip called Grace. This move allows Nvidia to directly challenge Intel and AMD's hold on the CPU market.
At a recent supercomputing conference in Germany, Nvidia announced its collaboration with British researchers and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co (HPE) to build Isambard 3, a computer solely powered by Nvidia's Grace CPU chips without utilizing any of the company's renowned GPUs. The University of Bristol intends to use the Isambard 3 system for important research in fields such as climate science and drug discovery. Ian Buck, Nvidia's general manager and vice president of accelerated computing, emphasized the system's remarkable performance and energy efficiency. Isambard 3 operates on only 270 kilowatts of power, which is six times more efficient than the university's previous system, Isambard 2.
最近在德國舉行的超級電腦會議上，Nvidia宣布與英國研究人員和慧與科技（HPE）合作建造了名為Isambard 3的電腦，該電腦完全使用Nvidia的Grace CPU，不使用該公司著名的GPU。布里斯托大學打算將Isambard 3系統用於氣候科學和藥物研究等重要研究領域。Nvidia的加速計算總經理兼副總裁Ian Buck在新聞發布會上強調了該系統出色的性能和能源效率。Isambard 3的運行功率只用了270千瓦，比該大學之前的Isambard 2系統高出六倍。
The development of Isambard 3 demonstrates Nvidia's strategic expansion into the supercomputing market, posing a direct challenge to Intel and AMD. By incorporating its own CPU chips into supercomputers, Nvidia aims to offer a comprehensive solution that combines its leading GPUs with emerging CPU technology. This holistic approach has the potential to revolutionize supercomputing, enabling advancements in artificial intelligence, scientific research, and complex simulations.
Isambard 3的開發表明了Nvidia在超級電腦領域的戰略性擴張，直接的挑戰了Intel和AMD。通過將自家的CPU整合到超級電腦中，Nvidia旨在提供一種將其領先的GPU與新興的CPU技術相結合的綜合解決方案，這種全面的方案有潛力徹底改變超級電腦領域，推動人工智能、科學研究和複雜模擬等方面的進步。Reference article: https://www.reuters.com/technology/nvidia-chips-away-intel-amd-turf-supercomputers-2023-05-22/
Powered by Firstory HostingThu, 01 Jun 2023
- 1936 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K581:「狗界奧斯卡」美國西敏寺犬展，Buddy Holly代表品種首度奪冠
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K581: Buddy Holly Makes History as the First Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen to Win Westminster Show
In a historic victory, a petite basset griffon Vendeen named Buddy Holly claimed the top prize at the 147th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, surpassing over 3,000 dogs representing 210 breeds and varieties. Hailing from Palm Springs, California, this six-year-old male became the first of his breed to achieve this esteemed honor. Originally bred for hare tracking in the Vendee region of western France, Buddy Holly's triumph marks a significant milestone for the petit basset griffon Vendeen breed.
這是一場歷史性的勝利，一隻名叫「巴迪‧霍利」（Buddy Holly）的迷你貝吉格里芬凡丁獵犬（PetitBasset Griffon Vendéen，PBGV）贏得了第147屆美國西敏寺犬展的最高獎項，超越了代表210個品種和變種的3,000多隻狗狗。這隻六歲的公狗來自美國加州的棕櫚泉，成為該品種首次獲此殊榮的犬隻。迷你貝吉格里芬凡丁獵犬原本是在法國西部的旺代地區專門飼養來追蹤野兔，Buddy Holly的勝利對於這個品種來說是一個重要的里程碑。
Janice Hayes, Buddy Holly's co-owner and handler, expressed her astonishment at their victory, stating, "I never thought PBGV would do this. Buddy Holly truly embodies the essence of a champion show dog." Each breed showcased at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show represents the culmination of years of artificial selection, carefully refining and enhancing specific traits inherited from their ancestral wolves.
The competition's participants were classified into seven distinct groups to determine the ultimate best in show finalists: hound, toy, non-sporting, herding, sporting, working, and terrier. Buddy Holly emerged as the winner of the hound group, showcasing his exemplary qualities within his breed.
The runner-up, receiving the prize for reserve best in show, was awarded to Rummie, a Pekingese from the toy group. Bred and owned by David Fitzpatrick, Rummie demonstrated the exceptional characteristics that epitomize the breed. The judges meticulously evaluated the dogs by examining them up close, physically interacting with them, and observing how the handlers led them around the floor. The dogs were assessed based on breed standards, including appearance, temperament, size, coat, and other defining characteristics.
The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which traces its origins back to 1877, has grown into a highly anticipated annual event and a staple on television broadcasts. This year, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the show took place at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, the site of the renowned U.S. Open tennis tournament. In previous years, the event was traditionally held at Madison Square Garden in Midtown Manhattan but was relocated to a smaller venue at Lyndhurst Mansion as a precautionary measure. Buddy Holly's groundbreaking victory not only solidifies his place in dog show history but also serves as an inspiration to future generations of petit basset griffon Vendeen enthusiasts.
Powered by Firstory HostingWed, 31 May 2023
- 1935 - 精選詞彙播客Vocab Ep.167: 雙語 Vocab ft. 週報時光機 慣用語的故事知多少 Common idioms and their stories
歡迎留言告訴我們你對這一集的想法： https://open.firstory.me/user/cl81kivnk00dn01wffhwxdg2s/commentsAfter the argument, Sarah gave her friend the cold shoulder and refused to speak to her for days.Despite his attempts to apologize, the boss continued to give him the cold shoulder, making the work environment tense and uncomfortable.
1. Giving someone the cold shoulder 冷落他人
傳說這句諺語的起源，可追溯至19世紀，當時英國有一位小說家Sir Walter Scott，他在自己的創作裡面使用了這句諺語。裡頭描述在一場飯局中，主人公提供了一塊Cold Shoulder of Mutton（冷掉的羊肩胛肉）給客人，用來表示冷落，不願招待的情境。
原文裡頭a cold shoulder of mutton，Mutton指的是羊肉，而他跟我們所熟悉的Lamb有何區別？
"Giving someone the cold shoulder" is a popular English idiom that means to intentionally ignore someone as a form of punishment or disapproval. It implies a deliberate act of showing indifference or unfriendliness towards another person.
John is the fastest runner in our school. He wins every race hands down.The new restaurant in town has the most delicious pizza. It's hands down the best pizza I've ever tasted.
2. Hands down 輕而易舉
現代英國最有名的賽馬活動，可以追溯至1711年。當時養了一堆馬，又熱愛賽馬活動的安妮女王，在溫莎城堡不遠處的阿斯科特小鎮舉辦了一場有獎金的賽馬活動，後來為了延續這項娛樂，更成立了皇家賽馬場，也就是阿思科特賽馬會場(Ascot Racecourse) ，300多年來，這座賽馬場每年六月都會舉辦皇家賽馬會(Royal Ascot)。據說它是英國最有價值的賽馬活動，獎金高達數百萬英鎊，除了看賽馬外，也是世界知名的社交場合，活動中能看見參與者盛裝打扮，展現自己時尚的一面。
"Hands down" is a common English idiom that is used to indicate a clear and decisive victory or outcome. It means that something is easily the best or most superior option without any doubt or competition. It suggests that there is no need for further discussion or debate because the winner or the best choice is evident.
The teacher decided to turn a blind eye to the students' whispering during the test.The government officials were suspected of turning a blind eye to the corruption happening within their department.
3. TURN A BLIND EYE 視而不見
當時北歐跟俄羅斯有一個組織叫做第二次武裝中立聯盟（Second League of Armed Neutrality）目的是為了保護中立國在海上的貨運暢通，不會受到英法任何一方的阻撓。不過當初英國海軍比較神經質一點，他們為了阻斷任何有可能提供給法國人的資源，會嚴格搜查有出入過法國港口的中立船隻，看看他們有沒有貿易往來，主觀認定下，如果有，那就會扣押船上的貨物。
然而丹麥王國不理會英國的最後通牒，雙方就在海上開戰，而領軍的將領，就包含了前面提到的Horatio Nelson。Horatio Nelson身經百戰，但他曾在一場戰役中失去自一隻眼睛，隨著兩方激烈交戰，Nelson的上司擔心英國海軍前線寡不敵眾，因此要求Nelson撤軍。
此時Nelson默默地將望遠鏡放在它那個失明的眼睛上，並說出了一段最經典的話：「"I have the right to be blind sometimes. I really do not see the signal」
"To turn a blind eye" is an English idiom that means to intentionally ignore or disregard something, usually an undesirable or inappropriate action, without taking any action or intervening.
Powered by Firstory HostingTue, 30 May 2023
- 1934 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K580: 推特因清理閒置帳戶的政策引發眾怒
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K580: Twitter's Inactive Account Purge Sparks Grief and Outrage Among Users
Twitter's recent decision to purge inactive accounts, including those belonging to deceased individuals, has triggered anger and heartache among users who relied on these accounts to remember their loved ones. Emily Reed, who lost her sister Jessica over a decade ago, used Jessica's Twitter page as a way to keep her memory alive. However, with Twitter's new policy, Jessica's account has been removed, leaving Emily and others devastated.
Last week, Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, announced the platform's plan to remove accounts that have been inactive for several years. This move has sparked an outcry from individuals who fear losing the thoughts and words of their deceased loved ones, which were linked to these now-inactive accounts. Emily Reed, like many others, was shocked to find Jessica's page replaced with an "account suspended" message, indicating a possible violation of Twitter's rules.
The advent of social media has introduced a new way for people to mourn and connect with the memories of their friends and family. Social media platforms have grappled with the challenge of addressing the needs of grieving individuals. While Twitter's attempt to purge inactive accounts is not the first, the backlash it has faced highlights the significance of these digital footprints in the grieving process.
Other social media sites, such as Facebook and Instagram, have implemented measures to accommodate those who have lost loved ones. They allow users to request account deactivation or memorialization, with memorialized accounts displaying the word "Remembering" next to the person's name. Professor Shira Gabriel, a psychology expert, emphasizes the importance of digital footprints in processing grief and uniting communities in remembrance. Losing these resources can evoke a renewed sense of mourning and hinder the ability to gather as a community.
其他社群網站，例如Facebook和Instagram，已經實施措施以滿足失去親人族群的需求。它們允許用戶請求停用帳戶或將其紀念化，紀念化的帳戶會在人名旁邊顯示“追憶”。心理學專家席拉·加布里埃爾（Shira Gabriel）教授強調了數位足跡在處理悲痛和凝聚社群進行紀念的重要性。失去這些資源會重新喚起哀傷感，並阻礙社群的凝聚力。Reference article: https://apnews.com/article/twitter-elon-musk-dead-users-inactive-accounts-49c96ee9c0723a60c82da55f3616c96d
Powered by Firstory HostingMon, 29 May 2023
- 1933 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K579: 真人芭比和肯尼的迷人故事：從爭議人物到活人玩偶
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K579: The Fascinating Tale of the Real-Life Barbie and Ken: From Controversial Figures to Living Dolls
Valeria Lukyanova and Justin Jedlica have captured the world's attention by transforming themselves into real-life Barbie and Ken dolls. These individuals have gone to extreme lengths to resemble the iconic plastic couple, but their striking appearances and conflicting personalities have fueled a feud between them. This article delves into the intriguing story behind Valeria Lukyanova, known as the "Human Barbie," and Justin Jedlica, the "Human Ken Doll," shedding light on their motivations and the controversies surrounding their transformations.
瓦萊麗亞·盧基亞諾娃（Valeria Lukyanova）和賈斯汀·傑德利卡（Justin Jedlica）通過將自己變成真人化的芭比和肯尼玩偶吸引了全世界的關注。這兩人竭盡全力使自己能看起來更像這對標誌性的塑膠情侶，但他們引人注目的外貌和相衝的性格導致了他們之間的爭鬥。本文深入探討了被稱為“真人芭比”的瓦萊麗亞·盧基亞諾娃和“真人肯尼”的賈斯汀·傑德利卡的有趣故事，揭露了他們變身的動機以及圍繞於此的爭議。
Valeria Lukyanova, the self-proclaimed "Human Barbie," hails from Tiraspol, Moldova, and is currently a Ukrainian model. While many assume she deliberately aimed to emulate Barbie, Valeria asserts that her goal was simply to embody beauty, femininity, and refinement. Drawing inspiration from dolls, she inadvertently resembles the iconic blonde figure. Despite speculation about extensive cosmetic surgeries, Valeria claims to have undergone only breast augmentation, vehemently denying rumors of rib removal to achieve her impossibly narrow waistline. She has made sensational statements, including aspiring to become a breatharian and proclaiming herself an alien being with past-life experiences as a famous king and spiritual teacher.
Justin Jedlica, also known as the "Human Ken Doll," originates from Poughkeepsie, New York. Although he embraces the flattering title, Justin clarifies that his objective was not solely to become Ken. Described as a "plastic-surgery enthusiast," Justin has undergone numerous procedures, including rhinoplasty, chest and shoulder implants, brow lifts, and lip augmentations, among others. His pursuit of self-improvement is driven by a desire to represent the best version of himself. Contrary to popular belief, Justin believes his transformation holds deeper significance beyond superficiality and aesthetics.
Valeria and Justin's clash began when they first met during a TV appearance in 2013. The human Ken doll publicly criticized Valeria, dismissing her as an illusion who dresses like a drag queen despite presenting herself as a real-life Barbie. Justin speculated that Valeria heavily relies on makeup, fake hair, and slimming corsets to achieve her look, suggesting she appears entirely different without these enhancements. Valeria, in turn, retorted that Justin had gone overboard with his lip enhancements. Their ongoing feud underscores the competitive nature of the doll world.
While Valeria and Justin have attracted both admiration and criticism, it is important to recognize the complexities behind their choices. Their transformations challenge societal beauty standards and raise questions about the motivations behind extreme physical alterations. It is crucial to approach these individuals with empathy and understanding, acknowledging the personal significance they attach to their unique appearances. As the Barbie and Ken dolls continue to shape perceptions of beauty, Valeria Lukyanova and Justin Jedlica serve as captivating examples of individuals who have pursued their distinctive visions of personal transformation, albeit with diverging motivations and perspectives.
瓦萊麗亞和賈斯汀吸引了各種讚賞和批評，但我們需要認識到他們選擇背後的複雜性。他們的轉變挑戰了社會對美的標準，並引發了對極端身體改造背後動機的質疑。我們需要以同理心和理解的態度對待這些人，承認他們對自己獨特外貌的個人意義。隨著芭比和肯尼娃娃持續塑造美的觀念，瓦萊麗亞·盧基亞諾娃和賈斯汀·傑德利卡也成為迷人的例子，他們追求著個人改造的獨特目標—儘管與常見的動機和觀點不太相同。Reference article: https://allthatsinteresting.com/real-life-barbie-and-ken
Powered by Firstory HostingSun, 28 May 2023
- 1932 - 回顧星期天LBS - 拉丁美洲相關時事趣聞 All about 2022 Latin America
Topic: 對現狀不滿拉美從傾右變傾左 Leftists Replacing Right-Wing Leaders Across Latin America
In the final weeks of 2021, Chile and Honduras voted decisively for leftist presidents to replace leaders on the right, extending a significant, multiyear shift across Latin America.
在2021年的最後幾周，智利和宏都拉斯果斷地投票支援 左翼總統取代右翼領導人，延續 了整個拉丁美洲長達數年的重大轉變。
This year, leftist politicians are the favorites to win presidential elections in Colombia and Brazil, taking over from right-wing incumbents, which would put the left and center-left in power in the six largest economies in the region, stretching from Tijuana to Tierra del Fuego.
Economic suffering, widening inequality, fervent anti-incumbent sentiment and mismanagement of COVID-19 have all fueled a pendulum swing away from the center-right and right-wing leaders who were dominant a few years ago.
The left has promised more equitable distribution of wealth, better public services and vastly expanded social safety nets. But the region’s new leaders face serious economic constraints and legislative opposition that could restrict their ambitions — and restive voters who have been willing to punish whoever fails to deliver.
The left’s gains could buoy China and undermine the United States as they compete for regional influence, analysts say, with a new crop of Latin American leaders who are desperate for economic development and more open to Beijing’s global strategy of offering loans and infrastructure investment. The change could also make it harder for the United States to continue isolating authoritarian leftist regimes in Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba.
分析人士說，左翼的收益可能會提振中國，削弱美國，因為他們在爭奪地區影響力時，新一批拉丁美洲領導人迫切希望經濟發展，並對北京的全球戰略持更開放的態度， 提供貸款和 基礎設施投資。這一變化還可能使美國更難繼續孤立委內瑞拉、尼加拉瓜和古巴的獨裁左翼政權。
With rising inflation and stagnant economies, Latin America’s new leaders will find it hard to deliver real change on profound problems, said Pedro Mendes Loureiro, a professor of Latin American studies at the University of Cambridge. To some extent, he said, voters are “electing the left simply because it is the opposition at the moment.”
隨著通貨膨脹率上升和經濟停滯，拉丁美洲的新領導人將發現很難在深刻的問題上實現真正的變革，劍橋大學拉丁美洲研究教授佩德羅·門德斯·洛雷羅（Pedro Mendes Loureiro）說。他說，在某種程度上，選民正在"選舉左翼，僅僅是因為它目前是反對派。"
Unlike the early 2000s, when leftists won critical presidencies in Latin America, the new officeholders are saddled by debt, lean budgets, scant access to credit and, in many cases, vociferous opposition.
與2000年代初不同，當時左翼分子在拉丁美洲贏得了關鍵的總統職位 ，而新的官員則背負著債務，預算緊張， 信貸匱乏以及在許多情況下大聲反對的負擔。
Eric Hershberg, director of the Center for Latin American and Latino Studies at American University, said the left’s winning streak is born out of widespread indignation.
美國大學拉丁美洲和拉丁裔研究中心主任埃裡克·赫什伯格（Eric Hershberg ）表示，左翼的連勝源於 廣泛的憤怒。
“This is really about lower-middle-class and working-class sectors saying, ‘Thirty years into democracy, and we still have to ride a decrepit bus for two hours to get to a bad health clinic,’”Hershberg said.
"這實際上是關於中下層階層和工人階層部門說，'民主三十年後，我們仍然必須乘坐破舊的公共汽車兩個小時才能到達一個糟糕的健康診所，'"赫什伯格說。Source article: https://udn.com/news/story/6904/6092284
Topic : Venezuela, Once an Oil Giant, Reaches the End of an Era
For the first time in a century, there are no rigs searching for oil in Venezuela.
Wells that once tapped the world’s largest crude reserves are abandoned or left to flare toxic gases that cast an orange glow over depressed oil towns.
Refineries that once processed oil for export are rusting hulks, leaking crude that blackens shorelines and coats the water in an oily sheen.
Fuel shortages have brought the country to a standstill. At gas stations, lines go on for miles.
Venezuela’s colossal oil sector, which shaped the country and the international energy market for a century, has come to a near halt, with production reduced to a trickle by years of gross mismanagement and U.S. sanctions. The collapse is leaving behind a destroyed economy and a devastated environment and, many analysts say, bringing to an end the era of Venezuela as an energy powerhouse.
The country that a decade ago was the largest producer in Latin America, earning about $90 billion a year from oil exports, is expected to net about $2.3 billion by this year’s end — less than the aggregate amount that Venezuelan migrants who fled the country’s economic devastation will send back home
to support their families, according to Pilar Navarro, a Caracas, Venezuela-based economist.
Production is the lowest in nearly a century after sanctions forced most oil companies to stop drilling for or buying Venezuelan oil — and even that trickle could dry up soon, analysts warn.
The decline has diminished beyond recognition a country that just a decade ago rivaled the United States for regional influence. It is also unraveling a national culture defined by oil, a source of cash that once seemed endless; it financed monumental public works and pervasive graft, generous scholarships and flashy shopping trips to Miami.
Crippling gasoline shortages have led to an outbreak of dozens of daily protests across most Venezuelan states in recent weeks.
More than 5 million Venezuelans, or 1 in 6 residents, have fled the country since 2015, creating one of the world’s greatest refugee crises, according to the United Nations. The country now has the highest poverty rate in Latin America, overtaking Haiti this year, according to a recent study by Venezuela’s three leading universities.
聯合國資料顯示，2015年起已有逾500萬，也就是六分之一委國人逃離，是全球最大難民潮之一。委國三所頂尖大學最近的調查顯示，委國今年取代海地，成為拉美貧困率最高的國家。Source article: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0067/358363/web
Powered by Firstory HostingSat, 27 May 2023
- 1931 - 15Mins Live Podcast - 職場系列 – 如何有技巧說話 How to use diplomatic language at work
歡迎留言告訴我們你對這一集的想法： https://open.firstory.me/user/cl81kivnk00dn01wffhwxdg2s/commentsGiving bad newsMaking requestsGiving a commandMaking an objectionNegotiatingMaking suggestionsBlaming someone
Reference article: https://englishwithatwist.com/2016/11/24/meetings_diplomatic-language_part-1/
Let’s take a look at some situations where diplomatic language would be important if you were doing business in English.
I’m afraid I have to cancel the meeting.I’m so sorry but I have to cancel the meeting.Unfortunately, something’s come up and I have to cancel the meeting.
1. Using softeners 軟性用詞
This is direct with no apology for giving bad news. If you were delivering this to a superior or a client this would sound harsh.
I have to cancel the meeting.
2. Modal Verbs 情態動詞I want more time. (rather demanding)
Imagine you are giving an order or making a request, using modal verbs like would, could, may or might would be of huge help.
Making a Request
Try this insteadI could do with more time.It would be so helpful to have more time.
Give me an answer by tomorrow (how rude!)
Giving an order
Try this instead:Could you give me an answer by tomorrow? (much better)
I’m afraid I haven’t finished the report.
3. Rephrasing a negative sentence 重新思考負面句子
You can rephrase a negative sentence to make it sound more positive.
The use of ‘I’m afraid’ softens the bad news but we can soften it even more by doing this.I’m afraid I’ve not been able to finish the report yet.
Using be able highlights your attempt to finish the report was stopped by circumstances beyond your control, for example, heavy workload, awaiting more data and so on, and NOT by your failure. Using the word ‘yet’ emphasises your willingness to finish the report and that you’re still working on it.I can’t deliver the goods on time.I won’t have the report ready by then.
Negative sentences formed with can’t or won’t can make you as a speaker sound especially unhelpful and negative.
Try this insteadI won’t be able to have the report ready by then.I’m not in a position to say when the goods will be delivered.I’m not able to say when the goods will be delivered.
We are having problems with the new medical device.We are having one or two problems with the new product.
4. Using qualifiers 修飾詞
Other examples of qualifiers that can make great softeners are:
a little, a bit, a little bit, slight, slightly, small, one or two.
These qualifiers will help you especially when you have to give bad news to your superiors or a client.
Try sayingWe’re going to run over budgetWe’re going to run slightly over budget.The launch plans are behind schedule.The launch plans are a little bit behind schedule.
We should change the wording of the investment warning in our brochures.
5. Negative Question Forms 轉換負面問句
Questions can often come off as strong language and can be interpreted the wrong way. Suggestions delivered in this way:
Instead, we should say this:Shouldn’t we change the wording of the investment warning in our brochures?
I am not done with the report / How can I finish if I don't have time?You should have made better planning / It is not going to work.The client is upset with the order / There is nothing I can do.I need more time! / Why didn't you check the documents?
Try and soften the following:
Powered by Firstory HostingFri, 26 May 2023
- 1930 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K578: 英王查爾斯三世為加冕慶典順利完結獻上感謝
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K578: King Charles Expresses Gratitude as Coronation Celebrations Conclude
King Charles expressed his heartfelt appreciation to all those involved in his coronation weekend, pledging a life of service alongside his wife, Camilla. The three-day extravaganza culminated in a magnificent coronation ceremony at Westminster Abbey, marking the grandest ceremonial event in Britain in 70 years.
In a statement echoing Queen Elizabeth's Platinum Jubilee message, King Charles and Camilla reaffirmed their commitment to serving the people. "As the Coronation weekend draws to a close, my wife and I wanted to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to making this occasion truly special," said King Charles. He expressed gratitude to those who made the weekend a success and commended the participants who joined in the celebrations. He added, "Your support, encouragement, and acts of kindness have been the most precious gifts, inspiring us to rededicate our lives to serving the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms, and the Commonwealth."
Accompanying the statement were four official photos featuring King Charles, Camilla, and members of the royal family. The festivities included a remarkable "Coronation Concert" at Windsor, where the royal couple joined a crowd of 20,000 attendees. The concert featured renowned singers Lionel Richie and Katy Perry, and an amusing comedy sketch surprised the audience as Charles and Camilla interacted with the performers.
Concluding the extended weekend of street parties and celebrations, thousands of organizations came together on Monday to participate in the "The Big Help Out" volunteering program. Prince William and Kate, along with their children, visited a scout group in Slough, near Windsor, for their first official engagement with their youngest son, Louis. Under his father's supervision, the enthusiastic Louis eagerly participated in various activities.
延續了一個週末的街頭派對和慶典，數千家機構於星期一聚集在一起，參與了名為「大幫助計畫（The Big Help Out）」的志願服務活動。威廉王子和凱特夫婦與他們的孩子一起訪問了溫莎附近的斯勞童子軍團，這是他們與年幼的兒子路易的首次正式亮相。在父親的陪伴監督下，熱情洋溢的路易積極地參與了各種活動。
The coronation ceremony of King Charles III showcased a breathtaking blend of centuries-old tradition and the aspirations of a new era. The solemn two-hour service at Westminster Abbey, witnessed by an esteemed congregation of around 100 world leaders and watched by millions globally, saw King Charles receive the St Edward's Crown. Camilla, his second wife, was also crowned queen. The ceremony aimed to pay tribute to history while embracing a more diverse and forward-looking institution.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak lauded the extraordinary spectacle, stating, "Over the weekend, no other country in the world could have put on such a dazzling display." Supporters of the royal family emphasize their international appeal, diplomatic significance, and ability to uphold the nation's global standing amidst political uncertainties, such as the post-Brexit era.
The coronation event, despite occurring amid a cost of living crisis and public skepticism, underscored the enduring role and relevance of the monarchy. King Charles, who ascended the throne upon the passing of Queen Elizabeth, acknowledged the challenges ahead. The event seamlessly intertwined historical regalia with elements reflecting the country's diversity and cultural evolution, affirming the monarchy's adaptability and continued significance.
儘管這場加冕儀式是在民生水平高漲危機和公眾懷疑的背景下舉行，它仍然彰顯了君主制的持久角色和相關性。查爾斯國王在伊麗莎白女王離世後即位，並接受他要面臨的挑戰。這個活動巧妙地將歷史傳統與反映該國多樣性和文化演進的元素融合在一起，肯定了君主制的適應性和持續的重要性。Reference article:https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/coronation-brimming-with-history-king-charles-britain-look-future-2023-05-05/ ; https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/great-treat-king-charles-heralds-weekend-coronation-celebrations-2023-05-08/
Powered by Firstory HostingThu, 25 May 2023
- 1929 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K577: 酷玩樂團面對演唱會飆升的需求，將在高雄額外增演
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K577: Coldplay's Demand Soars: Additional Show Added in Kaohsiung
British rock band Coldplay has responded to the overwhelming demand for their concert tickets by adding a second show in Kaohsiung on November 12. The band's Asia leg of the world tour has generated an incredible level of interest, leading the organizers to accommodate more fans. Yesterday, the concert organizer, Live Nation Taiwan, made the announcement, delighting Coldplay enthusiasts.
英國搖滾樂團酷玩樂團對於其演唱會門票的需求激增作出回應，並決定11月12日在高雄加開一場演出。該樂團的亞洲巡演引起了極大的關注，使得主辦單位需要容納更多粉絲。昨天，演唱會主辦方「Live Nation Taiwan 理想國」宣布了加開的好消息，令酷玩樂團的狂熱粉們感到欣喜。
The presale for the initial November 11 show concluded, and general ticket sales for both concerts at Kaohsiung National Stadium on Ticketmaster's website. To ensure accessibility to as many fans as possible, both shows in Kaohsiung will offer limited "Infinity Tickets" in the upcoming days. Priced at NT$800, these special tickets aim to provide an affordable option for fans. Each purchaser can buy a maximum of two tickets, which must be purchased as a pair.
Coldplay's "Music of the Spheres World Tour" will commence in Asia and Australia, starting with two shows in Tokyo on November 6 and 7, followed by the two performances in Kaohsiung. Jakarta, Perth, and Kuala Lumpur are also included in the band's tour itinerary in Asia and Australia. This upcoming tour marks the band's second visit to Taiwan, with their first performance held in Taoyuan in 2017.
The Ministry of Culture has highlighted the importance of the second Coldplay concert as an opportunity for authorities and concert organizers to tackle the issue of ticket scalping. The recent surge in art and cultural events following the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions has led to rampant scalping, depriving regular concertgoers of the chance to secure tickets. The ministry aims to implement measures to prevent such practices and ensure a fair ticketing process for all fans.
In conclusion, Coldplay's decision to add another show in Kaohsiung due to the incredible demand showcases their popularity in Taiwan. With the introduction of "Infinity Tickets" and measures against ticket scalping, the band aims to make their world tour more accessible and enjoyable for their loyal fans.
總結來說，酷玩樂團因需求遽增而決定在高雄加開演出，展示了他們在台灣的受歡迎程度。通過推出「無限門票」等打擊黃牛票的措施，該樂團目標是使忠實粉絲更容易取得和享受他們的世界巡演。Reference article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2023/05/18/2003800017
Powered by Firstory HostingWed, 24 May 2023
- 1928 - 精選詞彙播客Vocab Ep.166: 卡在飛機上幾小時後之旅平險知多少 Part II？Why travel insurance is much needed today PART II?
This is part II, a continuation of our discussion from last week. This week, Angel and I talk about how important travel insurance is! 歡迎投稿有趣的主題給醬老師與Angel老師 Comment down below!
1. Peace of mind idiom. 心情平靜／安心
Purchasing extra travel insurance is mostly for a peace of mind. 添購旅平險多數是為了心安。
2. Compensation n. 賠償/報酬
Airlines usually provide compensation for flight delays, and not refund. 航空公司通常提供賠償而不是退費。
3. Cover v. 承保/有給付
Your travel insurance would cover all the expenses that arise from flight delays or cancellations. 你的旅平險會給付班機延誤或取消所多出的費用。
更多Vocab Podcast節目: https://www.15mins.today/vocab
歡迎主題投稿/意見回覆 : email@example.com
Powered by Firstory HostingTue, 23 May 2023
- 1927 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K576: 男子透過在浴室吃牛排賺錢
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K576: Man Makes Money Eating Ribeye Steak in the Shower
Gaz, a man from Atlanta, America, has gained popularity on Twitter after revealing that he eats his meals in the shower. He discovered that he could save time and cure his hangovers by eating breakfast in the shower. Now, he shares his odd eating habits on Twitter and sometimes receives donations from fans to eat specific items, earning him $130 in donations so far.
Gaz's Twitter post about eating a 32oz Tomahawk ribeye steak in the shower received 1.1 million views and over 27,000 likes. In the picture, Gaz can be seen holding a huge steak with a bite taken out of it. Despite many users left confused, Gaz's bizarre eating habits have gained a lot of attention.
Gaz's posts also include eating a pineapple and a shrimp platter, which have received a lot of views and likes. However, he claims that the steak was his favourite meal to date. He is now looking to try more exotic and expensive foods, such as caviar and gold-plated steaks, and is hoping to collaborate with brands and chefs.
Aside from his unusual eating habits, Gaz is also using his platform to spread awareness about food insecurity and has donated $100 to the Atlanta Food Bank. He encourages others to donate their time or money to local food banks and help fight against food insecurity.
Reference article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/us-news/man-gets-paid-eat-ribeye-29902479
Powered by Firstory HostingMon, 22 May 2023
- 1926 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K575: 航班因為蜜蜂在機翼上聚集而延誤
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K575: Flight Delayed for Three Hours as Bees Swarm on Plane's Wing
A flight from Houston to Atlanta was delayed for about three hours due to an unexpected occurrence of thousands of bees swarming on the wing of the airplane. The incident was captured and shared on social media by passenger Anjali Enjeti.
According to Enjeti, the bees congregated on the tip of one of the wings, causing the airline to delay boarding until the bees could be removed. However, the beekeeper was not allowed to touch the plane, and pest control was not permitted to spray the bees. The airport was also unable to use a hose to spray the wing with water.
Fortunately, the bees dispersed on their own once the plane's engine was turned on, allowing the flight to proceed after a delay of three hours. Delta Air Lines officials later made a statement, saying that the bees appeared to want to "talk shop" with the winglet of the plane, possibly to exchange information about the flying conditions at the airport.
While the situation was unexpected and caused a significant delay, it highlights the importance of understanding and respecting the environment around us. As we continue to travel, we need to remain mindful of the impact our actions have on the world around us. Bees play a vital role in our ecosystem, and we must do our part in preserving their habitat and well-being.
In conclusion, while the incident may have caused inconvenience and frustration for passengers, it reminds us to remain respectful of our environment and the creatures that inhabit it. Despite the delay, the passengers reached their destination safely, and hopefully, the bees found a new home to continue their important work.
Reference article: https://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2023/05/04/bees-Bush-Airport-Houston-Delta-flight-delayed/8021683215726/
Powered by Firstory HostingMon, 22 May 2023
- 1925 - 回顧星期天LBS - 科學研究相關時事趣聞 All about 2022 scientific research
Topic: About scientific research - Certain Junk Foods Could Be Messing With Your Brain’s Appetite Control, Study Finds
Emerging evidence in humans suggests a typically Western high-fat, high-sugar ’junk food’ diet can quickly undermine your brain’s appetite control.
After indulging in a week-long binge of waffles, milkshakes and similarly rich foods, researchers in Australia found young and healthy volunteers scored worse on memory tests and experienced a greater desire to eat junk food, even when they were already full.
The findings suggest something is amiss in the hippocampus - a region of the brain that supports memory and helps to regulate appetite. When we are full, the hippocampus is thought to quieten down our memories of delicious food, thereby reducing our appetite.
When it’s disrupted, this control can be seriously undermined.
Over the years, extensive research on juvenile mice has found the function of the hippocampus is very sensitive to ’junk food’ , but this has only recently been observed in young and healthy humans.
Topic: Squatting or kneeling is better for your posture than sitting all day, anthropologists claim 人類學家：蹲姿或跪姿比坐一整天來得好
Resting postures such as squatting or kneeling may be better for health because they require more muscle activity than sitting on a chair, researchers claim.
The findings are based on data gathered from a hunter-gatherer population in Tanzania who wore devices that measured physical activity as well as periods of rest.
Anthropologists from the US found that despite being sedentary for almost 10 hours each day, equivalent to clocking a shift in the office at the desk, the Hazda people appeared to lack the markers of chronic diseases associated with long periods of sitting.
They believe this is down to the ‘active rest postures’ used by the tribe.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1368761 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1367176
Topic: Aboriginal canoe sets out on voyage to Japan for research
An Aboriginal Amis canoe is set to sail from Taiwan’s Taitung County to Japan’s Yonaguni Island some time between Monday and July 13. Organized by Taiwan’s National Museum of Prehistory and Japan’s National Museum of Nature and Science (NMNS), the voyage is part of the NMNS’ research on people’s movement from Taiwan to Japan in ancient times.
According to archaeologists, some of the early inhabitants of Japan most likely traveled from Taiwan to the Ryukyu Islands on similar wooden vessels during the Paleolithic, about 30,000 years ago. The canoe will have to cross the Kuroshio Current (the Black Current) and travel around 205km to Yonaguni Island, Japan’s westernmost island in Okinawa Prefecture.
The research team failed to complete a voyage on an Amis bamboo raft last year and the year before that, because the boats used were not strong enough for the big waves. This time around, a canoe made of cedar will be used in the adventure, which is expected to take 2 to 3 days.
Source article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2019/06/20/2003717213
Topic: Researchers ‘reboot’ pig brains hours after animals died
The brains of decapitated pigs can be partially revived several hours after the animal has died, researchers have revealed, with some of the functions of cells booted back up when an oxygen-rich fluid is circulated through the organ.
The scientists stress that the brains do not show any signs of consciousness — for example, there was no sign that different parts of the brain were sending signals to each other — and that it does not change the definition of death. “This is not a living brain. But it is a cellularly active brain,” said Prof Nenad Sestan from Yale University, who led the research.
A number of studies have suggested brain cells might not inevitably die after blood stops circulating. Writing in the journal Nature, researchers in the US reported how they sought to examine this further by taking brains from 32 pigs that had been killed in a slaughterhouse. Four hours after their deaths the arteries of the pig brains were hooked up to a sophisticated system dubbed BrainEx, which pumped an oxygenated synthetic blood through the organ. This fluid contained a host of nutrients as well as other substances to tackle processes that lead to cell death, and the circulation was continued for six hours.
At that point, the team found the circulating fluid successfully flowed through blood vessels in the brain, including tiny capillaries, and that the blood vessels were able to dilate in response to a drug, while the brain as a whole consumed oxygen and glucose from the fluid and released carbon dioxide back into it at similar rates to an intact brain.
What is more, the cells showed certain functions, including the release of various immune-response substances when triggered. After tissues were removed from the brains and flushed of the BrainEx fluid the researchers found individual neurons were still able to function.
The team said that while the BrainEx fluid was circulating, they monitored the brains to check for any signs of organized electrical activity that might suggest consciousness. “That monitoring didn’t show any kind of organized global electrical activity,” said Dr Stephen Latham, a bioethicist and co-author of the study.
But, he said, the team had been ready for signs of consciousness. “Had that appeared they would have lowered the temperature of the brain and used anesthesia to stop that kind of activity,” said Latham, adding that at present there are no ethics committees set up for such an eventuality, and it remained unclear in any case if the technique could ever restore consciousness.
The team said the approach could provide a new way to study the brain, and even help in the development and testing of new therapies for stroke and other conditions in which bloodflow to parts of the brain is blocked, causing cells to die.
Source article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2019/04/28/2003714163/2
Powered by Firstory HostingSat, 20 May 2023
- 1924 - 15Mins Live Podcast - 換句話說系列 – 憤怒與我說的其他說法Other ways to say “Angry” and “Say”
歡迎留言告訴我們你對這一集的想法： https://open.firstory.me/user/cl81kivnk00dn01wffhwxdg2s/commentsTell a personal experience related to a situation where you would use “angry” and “say”Pick 4 words and make sentences
Other ways to say: ANGRY
He was enraged at the article about him.
They were furious at not being invited to the party.
Bill's untidiness drives me mad.
Fed up 夠了
She'd got fed up with waiting and gone home.
I'm cross with her for lying.
Other ways to say: SAY (Said)
Tell (Told) 告訴/說
He told me to go away.
Mention (Mentioned) 談起/說到
I'll mention it to her when I see her tomorrow.
Answer (Answered) 回答
I don't know, she answered truthfully.
Add (Added) 補充
I should add that I am not happy about this decision.
Declare (Declared) 宣告
I'm leaving tomorrow; James suddenly declared.
State (Stated) 正式宣言
He stated that the project would be completed by April.
Announce (Announced) 發布/公告
Bill suddenly announced he was taking the day off,
Powered by Firstory HostingFri, 19 May 2023
- 1923 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K574: 松下為提高性能而推遲特斯拉4680電池的生產
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K574: Panasonic delays production of Tesla's 4680 battery cells for performance improvements
Panasonic, the Japanese supplier for Tesla, announced on Wednesday that it will delay the commercial production of its 4680 battery cells until the April to September period in 2024, as it aims to enhance their performance. The company had previously planned to begin volume production for Tesla between April 2023 to March 2024. The delay is due to the introduction of performance improvement measures that will enhance competitiveness, according to Panasonic's earnings presentation materials.
The 4680 battery cells are key to making cheaper and compelling electric cars and have been championed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Although Tesla is already producing the cells at its California and Texas factories, the carmaker struggled to meet its targets for production and performance. Tesla executive Drew Baglino revealed in a recent conference call that the company plans to steadily ramp production of the cells ahead of Cybertruck production next year, with over 1,000 cars per week produced by the end of 2022.
4680電池是製造更便宜且引人注目的電動汽車的關鍵，也是特斯拉執行長馬斯克（Elon Musk）所強推的計畫。儘管特斯拉已經在其加州和德克薩斯州工廠生產這些電池，但該公司在生產和性能方面遇到了困難。特斯拉高管德魯巴格利諾（Drew Baglino）在最近的一次電話會議上透露，該公司計劃在明年Cybertruck生產之前逐步提高電池的生產量，到2022年底每周生產超過1,000輛車。
Panasonic is currently running a pilot 4680 production line at its Wakayama factory in Japan. Tesla uses the cells in its base Model Y, and LG Energy Solution, Tesla's South Korean supplier, also plans to set up a new 4680 production line at its domestic factory by the end of this year. However, the company has not announced when the batteries will start volume production.
Reference article: https://www.reuters.com/technology/panasonic-delays-production-new-tesla-battery-improve-performance-2023-05-10/
Powered by Firstory HostingThu, 18 May 2023
- 1922 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K573: 500磅的義大利麵被拋棄在紐澤西的小鎮樹林中
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K573: 500 Pounds of Pasta Dumped in the Woods of a New Jersey Town
Residents of Old Bridge, New Jersey were surprised when 500 pounds of dry, uncooked pasta were found dumped in a wooded area of the town. The incident, which happened on the banks of the Iresick Brook, led to a public works crew having to clear up the mounds of macaroni. Despite the bizarre nature of the incident, Old Bridge Mayor Owen Henry was pleased that the dumped material was not more harmful, such as tires or mattresses.
新澤西州舊橋鎮（Old Bridge）的居民們感到驚訝，因為他們在鎮上的一個樹林裡發現了500磅的未煮乾麵條。此事件發生在Iresick Brook的河岸，導致公共工程人員不得不清理這些成堆的麵條。儘管事件本身的性質很怪，但舊橋鎮鎮長Owen Henry還是為了被傾倒的物質並不會像輪胎或床墊之類，對環境造成更多的傷害感到欣慰。
The pasta had been dumped by a man who was cleaning out the home of his late parents on Hillyard Road. The couple apparently believed in keeping their pantry fully stocked. The pasta was dry and uncooked when it was discarded, but it was turned al dente when two inches of rain fell on central New Jersey on April 22-23.
The incident highlights a wider problem of illegal dumping in rural areas. Mayor Owen Henry took the opportunity to call on residents not to dump their unwanted items in the woods. He pointed out that many items could be taken to recycling centers and that it made no sense to throw away items such as electronics, rugs, and metal. Henry acknowledged that Old Bridge regularly has issues with people illegally dumping waste in isolated areas.
While the pasta dumper could be cited, Mayor Henry said the police would not actively pursue the case. Despite the illegality of the dumping, the incident was not hazardous, and there were more pressing issues for the detective bureau to focus on. Owen Henry was pleased that the incident was not worse, and he was happy to take on the task of clearing up the discarded pasta.
Reference article: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/500-pounds-pasta-mysteriously-dumped-woods-new-jersey-town-rcna83084
Powered by Firstory HostingWed, 17 May 2023
- 1921 - 精選詞彙播客Vocab Ep.166: 卡在飛機上幾小時後你第一件事做什麼 Part I？What do you do after you get stranded on an airplane for 4 hours?
Starlux flight delay in Narita airport was the hot topic for netizens this week. Passengers were stranded on the airplane for hours and later forced to stay camp out at the airport overnight. This week, Angel and I brainstorm what we should do getting stranded at the airport! 歡迎投稿有趣的主題給醬老師與Angel老師 Comment down below!
1. Stranded adj. 滯留/困住
John was stranded on the airplane before takeoff for four hours due to heavy rain. 當年John因為大雨而困住在飛機上無法起飛。
2. Headwind n. 逆風
Airplanes require headwinds to gain lift for takeoff. 飛機需要逆風才容易升空。
3. In-flight meals n. 飛機餐
Airlines often reduce costs from the in-flight meals on short-haul flights. 航空公司通常都從短程班機上的餐先減預算。
更多Vocab Podcast節目: https://www.15mins.today/vocab
歡迎主題投稿/意見回覆 : firstname.lastname@example.org
Powered by Firstory HostingTue, 16 May 2023
- 1920 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K572: 星宇航空董座因與YouTuber合照遭罰款
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K572: Starlux Chairman Could Face Fine Over Cockpit Photo with YouTuber
Starlux Airlines Chairman and pilot, Chang Kuo-wei, is facing a possible fine for allowing a YouTuber to enter the cockpit during a flight to Los Angeles on April 26th. The Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) stated that an investigation was launched after the YouTuber, Sam Chui, posted a photo on Instagram with Chang in the cockpit without obtaining permission from the CAA. The flight is considered to be in operation as soon as cabin crew members are on board, according to CAA Flight Standards Division Director Wu Chia-jen. If found to have contravened the regulations, Chang could face a fine of NT$60,000, while the airline could be given a warning or a fine of NT$600,000.
Starlux Airlines also faced criticism for leaving more than 300 Taiwanese passengers stranded at Tokyo Narita International Airport on Saturday night, following the delay of two returning flights to Taipei due to crosswinds. Chang, who did not sleep the night before, caught a red-eye flight to Tokyo to handle the situation and later piloted one of the airline's A350 aircraft back to Taipei. However, the aviation authority launched another investigation, suspecting that Chang might have operated the aircraft while fatigued or worked overtime.
The CAA has combined both investigations into one, as Chang was involved in both cases. The agency has requested information from the company and will interview Chang for further details. According to the Aircraft Flight Operation Regulations, non-cabin crew must obtain permission from the agency before entering the cockpit, which Starlux did not request in advance, according to CAA Director-General Lin Kuo-hsien. If the investigation finds that Chui entered the cockpit during the flight to Los Angeles, Chang and the airline could be fined.
If found guilty, it would be the first penalty Starlux Airlines received since it was founded in 2018. It would also be the first time in Taiwan's aviation history that a pilot and an airline are punished for allowing non-cabin crew to enter a cockpit. The investigation is ongoing, and the CAA has yet to release any further updates.
Reference article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2023/05/11/2003799592
Powered by Firstory HostingMon, 15 May 2023
- 1919 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K571: 明華園劇團：百年傳統的台灣曲藝
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K571: Ming Hwa Yuan Troupe: A Century of Taiwanese Opera Tradition
Ming Hwa Yuan, a Taiwanese opera troupe, was founded in 1929 by Chen Ming-chi, who had joined a different opera troupe at the age of thirteen after leaving school to support his family. Chen was convinced by an actor in the troupe to join them and even ran away from home to pursue his passion. Five years later, he started his own troupe, which eventually became the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group. Despite ups and downs over the years, the group remains a prestigious opera company in Taiwan today, with nine independent companies. Chen's son, Chen Sheng-fu, managed the troupe after his father's death and modernized the company into a successful performing arts empire, which tours Taiwan and the world to keep traditional Taiwanese opera relevant.
Taiwanese opera emerged in the late 19th century, influenced by various Chinese opera styles. It is one of the few Han artforms that developed locally and was easy for common folk to understand. The popularity of Taiwanese opera soared in just two decades; by 1928, it had become the preferred theatrical style over Beijing, Baizi, and other Chinese styles. Taiwanese opera was initially criticized by intellectuals for promoting bad morals, but they couldn't stop its popularity. Japanese imperialization banned everything Taiwanese and Chinese under their assimilation policy in the late 1930s, which put a halt to the shows.
After World War II, the Chinese Nationalist Party allowed Taiwanese opera to flourish again, leading to the establishment of hundreds of Taiwanese opera groups. The Taiwan Provincial Local Theater Association boasted more than 300 opera companies when it was established in 1952. Despite the challenges of the past, the tradition of Taiwanese opera has been preserved by groups like Ming Hwa Yuan, which has been passed down from generation to generation.
Ming Hwa Yuan continues to promote Taiwanese opera in Taiwan and the world by touring and performing. The troupe has remained a powerful and prestigious force, keeping the traditional art form alive and relevant. Taiwanese opera may have faced many obstacles over the years, but it has also proven to be resilient. The continuation of the Ming Hwa Yuan Arts & Cultural Group shows how, despite the difficulties, traditional art forms can continue to thrive.
Reference article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/feat/archives/2023/05/07/2003799303
Powered by Firstory HostingSun, 14 May 2023
- 1918 - 回顧星期天LBS - 飲料相關時事趣聞 All about 2022 drinks
Topic: Junk food habit affects sleep quality
French fries and hamburgers are popular with teenagers. Everyone knows that these high-calorie foods can lead to chronic illnesses such as heart disease and high blood pressure, but, according to a report published by Medical Xpress, a study led by the University of Queensland in Australia has found that eating too much junk food can also have an impact on teenagers’ sleep quality.
According to the research results, teenagers who drink more than three soft drinks per day were 55 percent more likely to report sleep disturbance than those who only drink one cup per day. Males who ate fast foods on more than four days per week were 55 percent more likely to report sleep disturbance than those who ate them only once a week, while females were 49 percent more likely to do so.
This global study examined unhealthy diets and stress-related sleep disturbance in high school students from 64 countries. The study found that 7.5 percent of adolescents reported having stress-related sleep disturbance, which was more common among females than males and increased with more frequent consumption of carbonated soft drinks, as did the occurrence of sleep problems. Because carbonated drinks often contain caffeine and large amounts of sugar, while fast foods are high in energy but poor in nutrients, long-term consumption can cause nutritional imbalances.
These data were collected from global health surveys conducted by the WHO between 2009 and 2016, which included about 170,000 students aged 12 to 15 years from 64 low, middle and high-income countries in Southeast Asia, Africa, South America and the eastern Mediterranean.
The research team said that frequent intake of soft drinks and eating of fast foods is closely associated with sleep problems in teenagers, and that this phenomenon is particularly clear in high-income countries. The research team said that these findings are worrying because poor-quality sleep has an adverse impact on adolescent health and cognitive development. They suggested that policies should be formulated that target these unhealthy behaviors.
Source article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2021/01/05/2003749938
Topic: Philippines store rolls out ingenious face masks for bubble tea lovers
In recent years, bubble tea has become synonymous with Taiwan among members and friends of the foreign community, and many locals can often be seen drinking hand-shaken beverages wherever they go.
With the COVID-19 outbreak and the subsequent requirements of wearing face masks in crowded areas, however, drinking soft drinks has become a bit of a hassle.
To solve this problem, a beverage store in the Philippines recently released a new line of face masks that you won’t need to take off to enjoy a sip from your favorite drink.
此店Gallontea將口罩命名為「吸吸罩」(Sippy Mask) ，表面看起來與一般布口罩差不多，但是口罩的嘴巴邊卻有一個小開口，上面附著一個蓋子讓喜愛喝珍奶的人可以邊喝邊防疫。
The “Sippy Mask” released by Gallontea looks like an ordinary cloth face mask, but if you look closely, you’ll find that there is a small opening near the mouth, with a small-cap for bubble-tea lovers to enjoy a safe drink.
On their official Instagram page, Gallontea announced that customers can receive a free face mask with a minimum purchase of 1,000 pesos (US$20.59).
Although the pre-order time was only till Aug. 18 and the masks are currently only being sold in the Philippines, with the way it’s selling out, many people have expressed hope that customers will see this ingenious invention on Taiwan racks very soon.
However, users of the face masks should be mindful of closing the opening once they’ve taken a sip from the drinks or else the act of wearing face masks would be rendered useless.
Source article: https://chinapost.nownews.com/20200819-1696789
Topic: South Korea bans coffee in schools to curb overconsumption
South Korea will introduce a new law tomorrow banning the sale of coffee in primary and secondary schools to prevent students from consuming too much caffeine. This means that nobody, including teachers, will be able to buy caffeinated drinks on campus. The South Korean government hopes the ban will help promote healthy dietary habits among children.
According to CNN, students under academic pressure consuming excessive caffeine during exam periods is a common problem in South Korea. Other beverages high in calories or caffeine, such as energy drinks and coffee milk, have already been banned in schools. However, critics say students can easily walk a few minutes from their schools to buy such drinks.
South Korea’s domestic coffee market surpassed 10 trillion won for the first time ever last year, standing at 11.7 trillion won, or almost US$11 billion. Over 26.5 billion cups of coffee were served to South Koreans last year, with an average of 512 cups consumed per person. The figure is much higher than the average of over 100 cups yearly for each Taiwanese.
Source article: http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/lang/archives/2018/09/13/2003700293
Powered by Firstory HostingSat, 13 May 2023
- 1917 - 15Mins Live Podcast - 跟讀挑戰 – 星宇航空需釐清航班混亂事件 Starlux asked to explain flight chaos
Starlux asked to explain flight chaos
The Civil Aeronautics Administration yesterday asked Starlux Airlines to issue an explanation after more than 300 Taiwanese passengers were stranded at Narita International Airport in Japan on Saturday night due to flight delays caused by crosswinds and problems with the airline’s aircraft.
The airline said in a statement that Flight JX803 to Taipei was scheduled to take off from the Tokyo-area airport at 4:10pm on Saturday.
Due to an abnormality detected in the Airbus 350’s navigation system, it was obligated to conduct an inspection, which was not completed until 6:30pm, the airline said.
However, crosswinds disrupted flight operations at Narita that day, with many flights lining up for departure, the airline said.
As air traffic controllers continued to delay clearing JX803 for takeoff, potentially causing cabin crew to exceed their maximum working hours, the airline quickly dispatched two pilots to the airport to operate the flight, it said.
However, no flights were allowed to land or depart outside the airport’s operating hours, nor were passengers allowed to pass through customs, claim their luggage or leave the airport, the airline said.
Starlux said it could only arrange for passengers to spend the night at the airport, providing them with sleeping bags, snacks and bottled water.
To facilitate the return of the passengers, 113 of the flight’s 302 passengers changed their tickets to return to Taiwan on EVA Airways flights, Starlux said.
The airline said it dispatched an Airbus A321 to bring back the remaining 189 passengers, who landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 3:35pm yesterday.
- Do you think Starlux handled the incident well?What should one do when faced with flight delays?
Powered by Firstory HostingFri, 12 May 2023
- 1916 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K570: 挪威揭幕受愛戴的海象等身雕像
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K570: Life-Size Sculpture of Beloved Walrus Unveiled in Norway
A bronze sculpture has been unveiled in Oslo, Norway, to honor a walrus that captured the world's attention in 2022. The 600-kilogram mammal, named Freya, was seen basking and playing in an Oslo fjord before being euthanized by authorities due to public safety concerns.
The life-size sculpture, created by Norwegian artist Astri Tonoian, was unveiled at the Oslo marina, close to where the walrus was first spotted. Freya became a popular attraction among residents, but the authorities deemed it necessary to euthanize her because people were not adhering to recommended safety distances from the animal.
The decision to euthanize Freya sparked outrage, leading to a crowdfunding campaign to finance the sculpture. The private initiative gathered around 270,000 Norwegian kroner ($25,000) by October, according to Norwegian news agency NTB.
The sculpture is a testament to the walrus's popularity and the public's sadness over her untimely death. Although Freya is no longer with us, the sculpture will serve as a reminder of her brief but memorable visit to Oslo, and the importance of respecting wildlife and their habitats.
Reference article: https://apnews.com/article/norway-walrus-freya-sculpture-crowdfunding-1af450cc32a4000ca7364e8d80edf099
Powered by Firstory HostingThu, 11 May 2023
- 1915 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K569: 銀河之食：恆星一口吞噬行星 Galactic Gobble: Star Devours a Planet in One Gulp
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K569: Galactic Gobble: Star Devours a Planet in One Gulp
In a first-ever observation, astronomers have witnessed a star engulfing a planet in one big gulp, like a giant swallowing a grape. The star, similar to our sun, had expanded over time and was now so huge that it consumed the Jupiter-sized gas giant. The event took place between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago near the Aquila constellation when the star was around 10 billion years old. When the planet was consumed, a swift hot outburst of light followed, along with a long-lasting stream of dust shining brightly in cold infrared energy.
The findings of the study, published in the journal Nature, suggest that while astronomers had previously observed planets being nibbled by stars, this is the first time a planet has been seen being completely consumed by its star. It provides a glimpse into the future of our solar system when our sun transforms into a red giant and swallows the four inner planets. The study’s co-author, Morgan MacLeod, said that this event would occur in about five billion years, so there’s no need to worry now.
The star’s lifespan, which lasts billions of years, meant that the swallow itself occurred in one fell swoop, which was brief. However, astronomers do not know if there are other planets that are circling this star at a safer distance. If there are, they might have thousands of years before being consumed by the star. Researchers can now keep an eye out for more cosmic gulps because they suspect that thousands of planets around other stars will experience the same fate as this one.
Carole Haswell, an astrophysicist at Britain’s Open University who was not involved in the research, said that the discovery was “very plausible.” She led a team in 2010 that used the Hubble Space Telescope to identify the star WASP-12 in the process of eating its planet. She stated that “This is a different sort of eating. This star gobbled a whole planet in one gulp,” while contrasting the finding with previous discoveries where hot Jupiters were being delicately licked and nibbled.
The researchers’ findings demonstrate the fleeting yet intense nature of cosmic phenomena. They remind us that everything we see around us and everything we’ve built will be gone in a flash, as the star demonstrated in consuming the planet. Nevertheless, the study’s findings provide valuable insights into the life cycles of stars and planets, and the future of our own solar system.
Reference article: https://apnews.com/article/star-eats-planet-galactic-gulp-660ef9e64e15e35f8ad820e032494704
Powered by Firstory HostingWed, 10 May 2023
- 1914 - 精選詞彙播客Vocab Ep.165: 斷捨離風潮後你斷了什麼 How to be a minimalist?
As you grow older, you learn to collect and even hoard things. This week, Angel and I discuss the things we collect and how we try and go minimalistic in our lives! 歡迎投稿有趣的主題給醬老師與Angel老師 Comment down below!
1. Minimalist n. 簡約生活者
Being a minimalist does not mean you buy nothing. 當一個簡約生活者不見得是完全不買東西。
2. Competitive adj. 較勁/競爭
Ladies sometimes can be competitive and compare luxury accessories and bags. 女性有時會互相較勁比較飾品或精品包。
3. Finer things in life n. 奢華/奢侈生活 (意涵對自己好一點)
We all need to learn to enjoy the finer things in life. 我們都需要學習如何對自己好一點。
更多Vocab Podcast節目: https://www.15mins.today/vocab
歡迎主題投稿/意見回覆 : email@example.com
Powered by Firstory HostingTue, 09 May 2023
- 1913 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K568: Buzzfeed News因員工縮減決定關閉
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K568: Buzzfeed News to Close as Company Implements Workforce Reduction
Buzzfeed, the digital media company known for its quizzes and viral content, has announced the closure of its news site and a reduction of its workforce by 15%, according to CEO Jonah Peretti. The decision comes as Buzzfeed faces financial challenges, including a decline in advertising spending. Mr. Peretti stated that the company cannot continue to invest in the unprofitable news site and will focus on delivering news through its acquisition, HuffPost. This decision, although deeply painful, is part of Buzzfeed's strategy to navigate the changing landscape of the media industry and ensure a brighter future.
Buzzfeed, founded in 2006, was once a prominent name in online media, with a reputation for both entertainment and serious news content. However, the company has shifted away from news in recent years as generating ad revenue and audiences became more difficult. Other lines of business, such as producing custom content, grew more quickly. Despite listing on the stock exchange in 2021, Buzzfeed raised less funding than anticipated.
Mr. Peretti acknowledged that the challenges faced by Buzzfeed were not solely external, but also internal. He admitted to being slow in accepting the difficulties of monetizing online news in an era dominated by big tech platforms. He also expressed regret at not managing the changes better as the CEO of the company.
Buzzfeed News Editor-in-Chief, Karolina Waclawiak, also shared her thoughts on the closure in a memo to staff, stating that the company should have tried to build a business around its news site earlier, and describing the closure as "avoidable". She expressed concerns about the wider crisis in journalism and the potential consequences of subscription-based news models that may limit access to high-quality information for those who cannot afford to pay, leading to increased misinformation on social platforms.
The latest round of cuts will affect approximately 180 jobs, and Buzzfeed expects to incur charges of $7m - $11m in severance and related expenses. Despite these challenges, Buzzfeed will continue to operate other parts of its business, including HuffPost, its food brand Tasty, Complex Networks, and its namesake website.
Shares of Buzzfeed fell by 20% on the news, resulting in a market value of approximately $100m, a significant decrease from its reported valuation of over $1.5bn just two years ago. The company remains committed to navigating the changing media landscape and finding new ways to deliver content to its audiences.
受此消息影響Buzzfeed的股價下跌20%，市值約為1億美元，與兩年前報導的超過15億美元估值相比大幅下降。該公司仍然投入在不斷變化的媒體局勢，並尋找新的方式向其受眾提供內容。Reference article: https://www.bbc.com/news/65341450
Powered by Firstory HostingMon, 08 May 2023
- 1912 - 每日英語跟讀 Ep.K567: 教育部東南亞語言課程取得成功
每日英語跟讀 Ep.K567: Ministry of Education's Southeast Asian Language Program a Success
The Ministry of Education's Southeast Asian language program has achieved remarkable success in the past six years, offering over 700 classes and reaching approximately 30,000 students, according to Department of Technological and Vocational Education Director-General Hsieh Li-chun. The program, initiated in 2017 to support the government's New Southbound Policy, has seen steady growth, with 98 classes in the first year and 143 classes last year, highlighting its effectiveness in fostering language skills for those interested in visiting, studying, or doing business in the region.
The program offers a wide range of Southeast Asian languages, including Indonesian, Thai, Malay, Burmese, and Vietnamese. Hsieh noted that the number of Vietnamese-language students has surpassed all other languages, leading to the development of a comprehensive teaching model for Vietnamese. Hsieh emphasized that a solid foundation in Vietnamese could be a deciding factor in qualifying for a job in the business sector, as the demand for Vietnamese language skills in the corporate world is on the rise.
The program has evolved from teaching basic language skills to including professional terminology, pronunciation, conversation, and practical training. Hsieh mentioned that students are provided with opportunities to express themselves through speeches and simulated meetings during meals, which enhances their language exposure and practice. Moreover, schools have been encouraging international students from the Southeast Asian region to volunteer as language exchange partners, facilitating cultural exchange and language learning.
Hsieh emphasized that the program's success has significant implications for Taiwanese individuals and businesses. Knowledge of Southeast Asian languages, combined with professional expertise, provides a competitive advantage in the global economy and supply chain, as the importance of Southeast Asia continues to grow.
As the Ministry of Education's Southeast Asian language program celebrates its success in fostering language skills and promoting cultural exchange, it continues to play a crucial role in supporting the government's New Southbound Policy. With a comprehensive curriculum, practical training opportunities, and an increasing demand for Southeast Asian languages in the business world, the program has become a significant asset for individuals and businesses in Taiwan seeking to engage with Southeast Asian countries. The Ministry of Education looks forward to the continued success and growth of the program, which serves as a bridge for cultural understanding and economic cooperation between Taiwan and Southeast Asia.
隨著教育部東南亞語言計劃在促進語言技能和文化交流方面的成功，它繼續在支持政府的新南向政策中發揮著至關重要的作用。憑藉其全面的課程、實際培訓機會和商業界對東南亞語言需求的增加，該計劃已成為在台灣尋求與東南亞國家合作的個人和企業的重要資產。教育部期待該計劃繼續取得成功並增長，它將作為台灣和東南亞之間文化理解和經濟合作的橋樑。Reference article: https://www.taipeitimes.com/News/taiwan/archives/2023/04/20/2003798291
Powered by Firstory HostingSun, 07 May 2023
- 1911 - 回顧星期天LBS - 汽車相關時事趣聞 All about 2022 cars
Autobahn Speed Limits? Voting With Lead Feet
It seemed like a no-brainer: Lower Germany’s embarrassingly high carbon emissions at no cost, and save some lives in the process.
But when a government-appointed commission in January dared to float the idea of a speed limit on the autobahn, the country’s storied highway network, it almost caused rioting.
Irate drivers took to the airwaves. Union leaders menacingly put on their yellow vests, hinting at street protests. And the far-right opposition used the opportunity to rage against the “stranglehold” of the state.
A highway speed limit was “contrary to every common sense,” the transport minister, Andreas Scheuer, swiftly declared, contradicting his own experts.And that was that.
As far as quasi-religious national obsessions go for large portions of a country’s population, the German aversion to speed limits on the autobahn is up there with gun control in America, whaling in Japan and sovereignty in Britain.
With few exceptions, like Afghanistan and the Isle of Man, there are highway speed limits essentially everywhere else in the world.
But this is Germany, the self-declared “auto nation,” where Carl Benz built the first automobile and where cars are not only the proudest export item but also a symbol of national identity.
It’s also the country where, in darker times, Hitler laid the groundwork for a network of multilane highways that in the postwar years came to epitomize economic success — and freedom.
Call it Germany’s Wild West: The autobahn is the one place in a highly regulated society where no rule is the rule — and that place is sacred.
“It’s a very emotional topic,” confided Stefan Gerwens, head of transport and mobility at ADAC, an automobile club with 20 million members, which is opposed to any speed limit.
So emotional, apparently, that facts and figures count for little.
Germany is woefully behind on meeting its 2020 climate goals, so the government appointed a group of experts to find ways to lower emissions in the transport sector. Cars account for 11 percent of total emissions, and their share is rising.
A highway speed limit of 120 kph, or 75 mph, could cover a fifth of the gap to reach the 2020 goals for the transport sector, environmental experts say.
“Of all the individual measures, it is the one that would be the most impactful — and it costs nothing,” said Dorothee Saar, of Deutsche Umwelthilfe, a nonprofit environmental organization that has lobbied for a speed limit.
“But when it comes to cars,” Saar sighed, “the debate tends to become irrational.”
Source article: https://paper.udn.com/udnpaper/POH0067/337656/web/
About cars - Man in Germany drives to driving test
A man in Germany has discovered the hard way that it’s best to get a driving license first before trying to use it.
Police in Bergheim, near Cologne, said Tuesday that the 37-year-old drove himself to his driving test, parking an Opel Zafira outside the test center in front of an astonished examiner.
They said he told police officers who were called to the scene on Monday that he had only driven because he wanted to make sure to get to the driving test on time.
His test was immediately called off. The man now faces an investigation for driving without a license. Police also opened an investigation of the car’s owner.
Danish police confiscate luxury sports car caught speeding 丹麥警方沒收超速的豪華跑車
Danish police have confiscated a high-performance luxury car after its new owner was caught speeding as he drove it home from Germany to Norway.
The man, an Iraqi citizen resident in Norway who was not identified, was registered Thursday as driving at 236 kph in his Lamborghini Huracán on a stretch of highway where the top speed is 130 kph.
Under a new Danish law, police can seize the vehicles of reckless drivers and auction them off, with the money going into Danish coffers.
The Nordjyske newspaper said the man had bought the car hours earlier in Germany for 2 million kroner.
The car owner will also be fined for speeding in due course.
車主當理也將因超速被罰。 Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1486857 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1478842
Truck Makers Face Choice: Go Battery or Hydrogen？
Even before war in Ukraine sent fuel prices through the roof, the trucking industry was under intense pressure to kick its addiction to diesel, a major contributor to climate change and urban air pollution. But it still has to figure out which technology will best do the job.
Truck makers are divided into two camps. One faction, which includes Traton, Volkswagen’s truck unit, is betting on batteries because they are widely regarded as the most efficient option. The other camp, which includes Daimler Truck and Volvo, the two largest truck manufacturers, argues that fuel cells
that convert hydrogen into electricity — emitting only water vapor — make more sense because they would allow long-haul trucks to be refueled quickly.
The choice companies make could be hugely consequential, helping to determine who dominates trucking in the electric vehicle age and who ends up wasting billions of dollars on the Betamax equivalent of electric truck technology, committing a potentially fatal error. It takes years to design and produce new trucks, so companies will be locked into the decisions they make now for a decade or more.
“It’s obviously one of the most important technology decisions we have to make,” said Andreas Gorbach, a member of the management board of Daimler Truck, which owns Freightliner in the United States and is the largest truck maker in the world.
The stakes for the environment and for public health are also high. If many truck makers wager incorrectly, it could take much longer to clean up trucking than scientists say we have to limit the worst effects of climate change. In the United States, medium- and heavy-duty trucks account for 7% of greenhouse gas emissions.
Although sales of electric cars are exploding, large truck makers have only begun to mass-produce emission-free vehicles. Daimler Truck, for example, began producing an electric version of its heavy-duty Actros truck, with a maximum range of 240 miles, late last year. Tesla unveiled a design for a battery-powered semitruck in 2017 but has not set a firm production date.