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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Picked the wrong career? This five-year plan could help

By Kate Ashford|BBC

A significant career change can be overwhelming. This five-year plan could help.

Seven years ago, Donna Lubrano was a personal fitness trainer. Today, she teaches business courses for Northeastern University in Massachusetts in the US — but moving to a completely different career certainly wasn’t easy. Continue reading

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Making a Diamond Purchase

By Alina Dizik|BBC

What you need to know
Get certified: Certificates from the Gemological Institute of America, American Gem Society and European Gemological Laboratory ensure quality and verify cut, clarity, colour and carat weight.

Check the return policy: Not all fine jewellers accept returns because of the potential for diamonds to be replaced with stones of lesser value.

Investment quality: White diamonds graded D through F, with D being best, and larger coloured diamonds can be a safe investment alternative.

Find insurance: Many home or renters’ insurance policies sell extensions to cover diamond jewellery. Some companies such as Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co specialise in jewellery insurance. Continue reading

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Can you job-hop without making enemies?

By Elizabeth Garone |BBC

A plum position opens up in a different department in your company. You think you’d be the perfect fit and would jump at the opportunity but what will your current manager think? And what if you don’t get it? What message will you be sending?

Six experts weigh in below on the pros and cons of applying for a new position in-house.

With job-hopping the new norm among millennials, many employers should be happy that their workers are applying in-house rather than elsewhere.  Continue reading

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定格历史的摄影作品[ZH]

生命如何绽放

1965年,名为“生命如何绽放(How Life Begins)”的摄影作品,是使用内窥镜拍摄的首幅照片。 Continue reading

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Hong Kong lawmakers reject Beijing poll plan

Pro-democracy protesters

Legislators in Hong Kong have rejected a controversial Beijing-backed election reform package that sparked mass protests last year.

The reforms would have given Hong Kong voters the right to choose their leader for the first time in 2017.  Continue reading

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