Liu Xiaobo: The man China couldn’t erase

By BBCNEWS

Activist Liu Xiaobo has died after spending eight years in prison.

“There is nothing criminal in anything I have done but I have no complaints.”

So stated Liu Xiaobo in court in 2009, and in the eight long prison years between then and now, he refused to recant his commitment to democracy. No wonder China’s leaders are as afraid of him in death as they were in life. Continue reading

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Top 5 Things Every Immigrant Should Know Before Heading to the U.S.

immigrationgateway.org| By: Valerie Johnston

Immigrating to the U.S. just became a lot harder for many with President Trump’s newly enacted policies. But that doesn’t mean that many millions of people won’t still give it a shot. Here are the top five things that everyone should know before they immigrate to the U.S.

  1. You’ll have to pay for your visa.

Many immigrants believe that getting married to a U.S. citizen, or meeting some other requirement for U.S. citizenship, means that they will have an unrestricted passage into the country. However, there are still some very high costs associated with getting the visa to enter the country, even if you are married or otherwise eligible for citizenship.
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The Dark Town That Built a Giant Mirror

By Linda Geddes|BBCNEWS

The inhabitants of Rjukan in southern Norway have a complex relationship with the Sun. “More than other places I’ve lived, they like to talk about the Sun: when it’s coming back, if it’s a long time since they’ve seen the Sun,” says artist Martin Andersen. “They’re a little obsessed with it.” Possibly, he speculates, it’s because for approximately half the year, you can see the sunlight shining high up on the north wall of the valley: “It is very close, but you can’t touch it,” he says. As autumn wears on, the light moves higher up the wall each day, like a calendar marking off the dates to the winter solstice. And then as January, February and March progress, the sunlight slowly starts to inch its way back down again. Continue reading

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英国收入最好与最差的大学专业[CN]

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哪些英国大学与专业毕业生收入最高?哪些专业毕业生收入还达不到最低工资?

英国大学的学费一年9000英镑已经打不住了。数所大学从秋季新学年开始追加250英镑。

三年读下来,要欠高街银行或父母银行一屁股债。英国的孩子们和他们的父母要好好掂量。

欧盟之外的海外留学生,要掏数倍于英国孩子的钱上同样的大学,学同样的专业。要来英国读大学的中国孩子们和他们的父母,更要仔细斟酌。 Continue reading

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The financial gamble of working abroad

By Alina Dizik|BBC.com

In January last year, Rebecca Self found her salary had dropped by almost 30% pretty much overnight.

It wasn’t from a demotion, cost-cutting or a corporate restructure – Self’s pay packet was slashed by a shift in currency markets, an issue that affects many expats working around the world.

Self is a leadership consultant based in Zurich, Switzerland. An American expat, she gets paid from different countries in different currencies – she’s paid in dollars through a firm in Qatar in the Middle East, and also in euro through a firm she works for in Sweden. She then converts her earnings into Swiss francs. Continue reading

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Grant SD card access on Android 5.0

An app attempting to write to the SD on an Android 5.0 device will prompt you to grant access.

Then select the card. Don’t navigate down into any subfolder. You MUST select the top-level root folder of the SD card.

After tapping the “Select SD card” button you should be back in the app. The app double checks if it now indeed can write to the SD card. You should see a message about the check result in the app.

If you replace the SD card in your device, you need to go through this procedure again. The write permission is granted individually for each app and each physical SD card.

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George Soros

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George Soros (/ˈsɔːrs/[3] or /ˈsɔːrɒs/; Hungarian: Soros György; Hungarian: [ˈʃoroʃ]; born August 12, 1930, as Schwartz György) is a Hungarian-American business magnate,[4][5] investor, philanthropist, political activist and author who is of Jewish-Hungarian ancestry and holds dual citizenship (Hungary and the United States).[a] He is chairman of Soros Fund Management. He is known as “The Man Who Broke the Bank of England” because of his short sale of US$10 billion worth of pounds, making him a profit of $1 billion during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis.[8][9][10] Soros is one of the 30 richest people in the world.[11]

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Warren Buffett

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Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌft/; born August 30, 1930)[3] is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is considered by some to be one of the most successful investors in the world.[4][5][6] Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway,[7] and is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008[8] and as the third wealthiest in 2015.[9] In 2012 Time named Buffett one of the world’s most influential people.[10]

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五大宗教历史名城[ZH]

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从古至今,世界上有成千上万种宗教信仰。某些城市与其居民的宗教信仰有着密不可分的联系,充满着神圣的气息。这些城市以其宗教历史、礼拜场所和神圣空间闻名于世,其连结着教友,也吸引着世界各地的信徒和游客。

Image caption 泰国清迈双龙寺(Wat Pha Lat)(图片来源:Sacha Bloor/Getty)

泰国清迈

泰国第二大城市清迈曾是独立的兰那王国首都,这个王 国曾统治着泰国的北部。清迈有成百上千座佛寺,包括著名的契迪龙寺(Wat Chedi Luang)及其损毁的佛塔(或 chedi,顶部),在那里游客用绳子将一桶水提升到佛寺顶部再倒空,就可以得到佛陀的保佑。14 世纪时,素贴山(Doi Suthep mountain)顶上的双龙寺(Wat Phra That Doi Suthep)刚好就在城外,僧人们在此为信徒和好奇者祝福,而寺庙工作人员会劝告游客们向他们生日对应的佛像做适当敬献。但清迈并非一个与世隔绝之地: 它是一个生机勃勃的大都市,到处是本地人、学生、外国人和退休者,湄滨河沿岸的市场、大街和餐厅之中到处是他们的身影。 Continue reading

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