Mom, I just finished my paper. Can you proofread it before I hand it in?
BSure, let’s take a look. Sweetie, this is terrific. Your ideas are so original.
BI can tell you worked hard on it.
AI really did! I started thinking about what I wanted to say three weeks ago.
BWell, it was definitely worth all the time.
ALet’s just hope my teacher agrees.

全球饥饿指数 印度排第97

India continues to have serious levels of widespread hunger forcing it to be ranked a lowly 97 among 118 developing countries for which the Global Hunger Index (GHI) was calculated this year.


Countries worse than India include extremely poor African countries such as Niger, Chad, Ethiopia and Sierra Leone besides two of India’s neighbours: Afghanistan and Pakistan. Other neighbours Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and China are all ranked above India.


The GHI is calculated by taking into account four key parameters: shares of undernourished population, wasted and stunted children aged under 5, and infant mortality rate of the same age group.


Of the 131 countries studied, data was available for 118 countries. This year, for the first time, two measures of child hunger -wasting and stunting -have been used to give a more complete picture. Wasting refers to low weight in relation to a child’s height, reflecting acute undernutrition.Stunting refers to the deficiency in height in relation to age, reflecting chronic undernutrition.


英国选战 两党党首”抄袭”奥巴马式拉票

Britain How to win elections

英国 获选方法
Baracking the voters
British parties want to emulate the American master
At ten o’clock, recalls a Labour Party staffer, the sweep began. From neighbourhoods across America, information rippled up a telephone chain. By 10.25am on election day, Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago knew exactly where its troops were and how many ballots had been cast in each precinct. Activists were promptly redeployed. The same thing happened at 2pm and again at 4pm. The visitor was left wide-eyed, and inspired: “It can work in Britain, too.”
据英国工党(Labour Party)某成员回忆称,当天上午10点,行动开始展开。来自全美各地的信息使得电话声连绵不绝。选举日上午10点25分前,位于美国芝加哥(Chicago)的奥巴马(Barack Obama)竞选总部已准确地把握其宣传人员的部署以及各选区的票数。这些宣传人员随即受到重新安排。随后,当天下午2点和4点,部署又进行了相同的调整。那位目击全过程的工党成员对此大开眼界,并大受启发道:“这一套在英国也行得通。”

Astonishing as it may seem, the 2015 British general-election campaign has begun. The Conservative Party’s campaign headquarters sports a countdown clock informing staffers how many seconds remain before polls open. Like Labour and the Liberal Democrats, it has a list of target seats. And all three parties are keen to learn from the great American vote-wrangler.

虽然有些惊人,但2015年英国大选活动也已展开。英国保守党(Conservative Party,译者注:下文的Tories亦表示保守党)在竞选总部得意洋洋地挂起一架倒计时钟,以向其成员明示开票日前的所剩时间。同时,保守党也和工党与自由民主党(Liberal Democrats)同样罗列出所争取的国会席位。以上三党都希望从美国高效的拉票团体中学得一二。
The campaign model they so admire rests on three foundations: a large and disciplined field operation, a good system for managing data and plenty of cash. British political parties used to boast formidable field machines, but they have slipped. Even Labour, which boasts most boots on the ground, has a membership of under 200,000. The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are finding that coalition government is glyphosate to the grassroots.
With traditional parties shrinking, Britain’s politicos talk of the Obama model as a solution. The art of community organising—convening energetic groups of activists around local issues—is all the rage. Honed by Mr Obama in the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) in 1980s Chicago, it inspired his decentralised campaign machine. Labour has flown in Arnie Graf, a former IAF director, to overhaul its structures. The Conservatives have established a residential training academy for campaign managers. The Liberal Democrats want to defend seats they hold by running almost purely local campaigns.
在这传统政党衰弱之时,英国的政客们开始推崇“奥巴马式”竞选以求改善。以地方问题召集有志团体,即社区动员的技法开始盛行。1980年代,时任“产业地区基金会”(IAF)成员的奥巴马对社区动员法进行了改良。随后,该方法推动了其分散于全美各地的竞选团体。英国工党已派人飞往前IAF前主席Arnie Graf住处,以彻底改革其党内体制;保守党则为培养竞选管理者设立了一所寄宿制培训学校;而自由民主党则希望以近乎彻底的地区竞选来保住手中的国会席位。
This is easier said than done. Britain’s politicians tend to keep activists on a tight leash—and have little cash with which to recruit and train professional organisers. Matthew McGregor, a Briton who was part of Mr Obama’s digital communications team, says building the Organising for America network took a “will to invest” that is mostly absent from Westminster politics. Time to select candidates and build local movements is running out, adds Paul Goodman, a Tory commentator. “Having cups of tea with people is very important,” he explains.
但这一方法言易于行。英国政治家常对拉票人约束甚多。同时,在雇佣和培养专业管理人员的资金上也是捉襟见肘。曾担任奥巴马数字通信小组的英国人Matthew McGregor表示,“组织美国”(Organising for America,译者注:奥巴马当政后成立的政治宣传计划)这一网络的建立需要人们“有出资的意愿”,而这一意愿在英国政府中十分少见。保守党评论员Paul Goodman补充道,在确定候选人与组织地区活动的同时,时间不断流逝,“和人们喝喝茶显得相当重要。”
If the campaigners are the limbs of the Obama model, a good data system is the brain. It enables campaign supremos to target tailored messages at precisely the right voters. Of the British parties, the Liberal Democrats are farthest ahead technologically. In 2011 they bought the snazzy Voter Activation Network used by the Obama campaign, which enables users to generate finely customised lists of voter contact details. Sadly, the party has little raw information—and too few canvassers with which to obtain it. The other parties are hurriedly upgrading their systems.
在奥巴马竞选模式中,如果说拉票人构成其四肢的话,完备的信息管理系统就是其大脑。通过该系统,竞选人可将合适的信息准确无误地传达给选民。在英国,自由民主党在技术上遥遥领先于其他各党。2011年,该党购置了奥巴马竞选时曾使用的“选民活化网络”(Voter Activation Network)这一时髦货,为其准确地生成了各个选民详细联系方式的特制列表。但可惜的是,该党的一手信息不足,并缺乏为其收集信息的宣传人员。而其他党派则忙着革新自己的竞选系统。
The Conservatives enjoy the healthiest balance-sheet, although it is footling by American presidential standards. According to the Electoral Commission, the party has out-fundraised Labour in three of the past four quarters. Its debts are much smaller and its finances less reliant on unpredictable trade union bosses. This makes it easier to invest in staff and technology: the Tories have already recruited three waves of campaign managers for 2015.
尽管以美国选举标准看来,英国保守党的收支盈余不值一提,但其收支状况在英国各党派中确实最为良好。美国选举委员会(Electoral Commission)曾表示,该党在过去四个季度中有三个季度的募资数额要高过工党。保守党的负债相对少得多,财政上也不太依赖那些飘忽不定的工会主席。因此,保守党更易于人员和技术上进行投资:该党已为2015年国会选举雇佣的三批竞选管理者。
Along with the other parties, the Tories are concerned at their over-reliance on the (admittedly deep) well of donations from wealthy folk and institutions. Politicians are therefore looking covetously at Mr Obama’s extensive network. In the 2012 campaign, the president drew on a much broader pool of 4m small donors. Mr McGregor insists that, with time, an equivalent British donor base of up to 1m is eminently achievable; others scoff at that.
As they rush to emulate American methods, British party operatives acknowledge a fundamental difference. In America, the personality of the top candidate infuses the campaign. It is used to energise supporters, court donations and unite a sprawling operation. In Britain the same tech-savvy, decentralised structures are being used quite differently: to win over an electorate that loathes national politicians. The Liberal Democrats plan to fight “75 by-elections” precisely because their role in the coalition—personified by Nick Clegg—is so unpopular. Even David Cameron, the most appealing of the three main party leaders, has been conspicuously absent from recent Tory election literature. Whereas presidential candidates must insert national politics into voters’ lives, Westminster’s unloved politicians benefit from keeping the two separate.
就在英国各党纷纷急于效仿美国式竞选时,其成员也承认两者存在根本上的差异。美国的竞选领袖可将人格魅力渗入竞选之中。以此可博得支持、换来资金,并能统一杂乱无章的拉票活动。而在英国,这一同样技术精良而分散各地的系统在功能上截然不同,其目的是从厌恶政府的选民那里赢得支持。以克莱格(Nick Clegg)副首相为代表的自由民主党由于在联合政府缺乏民意支持,因此打算瞄准本次“75个补缺选举名额”。就连三大党派领袖中最具人气的卡梅隆(David Cameron)首相,显然也在近期的保守党竞选活动中毫无动静。尽管候选人必须使国家政治深入选民心中,但英国这些不受欢迎的政治家们反而从政民分离中得利。


Percy Bysshe Shelley
O wild West Wind, thou breath of Autumn’s being
Thou, from whose unseen presence the leaves dread
Are driven, like ghosts from an enchanter fleeing,
Yellow, and black, and pale, and hectic red, Pestilence-stricken multitudes:
黄的,黑的,灰的,红得像患肺痨, 呵,重染疫疠的一群:
O thou Who chariotest to their dark wintry bed The winged seeds, where they lie cold and low,
西风呵,是你 以车驾把有翼的种子催送到 黑暗的冬床上,它们就躺在那里,
Each like a corpse within its grave, until Thine azure sister of the Spring shall blow
像是墓中的死穴,冰冷,深藏,低贱, 直等到春天,你碧空的姊妹吹起
Her clarion o’er the dreaming earth, and fill (Driving sweet buds like flocks to feed in air)
她的喇叭,在沉睡的大地上响遍, (唤出嫩芽,像羊群一样,觅食空中)
With living hues and odors plain and hill:
Wild Spirit, which art moving everywhere;
Destroyer and preserver; hear, oh, hear!
Thou on whose stream, ‘mid the steep sky’s commotion,
Loose clouds like earth’s decaying leaves are shed,
流云象大地的枯叶一样被撕扯 脱离天空和海洋的纠缠的枝干。
Shook from the tangled boughs of Heaven and Ocean, Angels of rain and lightning:
成为雨和电的使者:它们飘落 在你的磅礴之气的蔚蓝的波面, 有如狂女的飘扬的头发在闪烁,
there are spread On the blue surface of thine airy surge,
从天穹的最遥远而模糊的边沿 直抵九霄的中天,
Like the bright hair uplifted from the head Of some fierce Maenad,
到处都在摇曳 欲来雷雨的卷发,
even from the dim verge Of the horizon to the zenith’s height,
对濒死的一年 你唱出了葬歌,
The locks of the approaching storm.
而这密集的黑夜 将成为它广大墓陵的一座圆顶,
Thou Dirge Of the dying year, to which this closing night
Will be the dome of a vast sepulchre,
Vaulted with all thy congregated might
从它会迸涌 黑色的雨,
Of vapours, from whose solid atmosphere Black rain and fire and hail will burst :O hear!
Thou who didst waken from his summer dreams The blue Mediterranean, where he lay,
是你,你将蓝色的地中海唤醒, 而它曾经昏睡了一整个夏天,
Lulled by the coil of his crystalline streams Beside a pumice isle in Baiae’s bay,
And saw in sleep old palaces and towers Quivering within the eave’s intenser day,
All overgrown with azure moss and flowers So sweet, the sense faints picturing them!
而且都生满青苔、开满花朵, 那芬芳真迷人欲醉!
Thou For whose path the Atlantic’s level powers Cleave themselves into chasms,
呵,为了给你 让一条路,大西洋的汹涌的浪波 把自己向两边劈开,
while far below The sea-blooms and the oozy woods which wear
而深在渊底 那海洋中的花草和泥污的森林
The sapless foliage of the ocean, know Thy voice, and suddenly grow gray with fear,
虽然枝叶扶疏,却没有精力; 听到你的声音,它们已吓得发青:
And tremble and despoil themselves:oh, hear!
If I were a dead leaf thou mightest bear;
If I were a swift cloud to fly with thee:
A wave to pant beneath thy power , and share The impulse of thy strength, only less free
是一个波浪,和你的威力同喘息, 假如我分有你的脉搏,仅仅不如 你那么自由,
Than thou, O uncontrollable! If even I were as in my boyhood, and could be
哦,无法约束的生命! 假如我能像在少年时,凌风而舞
The comrade of thy wanderigs over Heaven,
As then, when to outstrip thy skiey speed Scarce seem’d a vision;
因为呵,那时候,要想追你上云霄, 似乎并非梦幻
I would ne’er have striven As thus with thee in prayer in my sore need.
Oh, lift me as a wave , a leaf, a cloud! I fall upon the thorns of life! I bleed!
A heavy weight of hours has chained and bowed One too like thee: tameless, and swift, and proud.
这被岁月的重轭所制服的生命 原是和你一样:骄傲、轻捷而不驯。
Make me thy lyre, even as the forest is: What if my leavers are falling like its own!
把我当作你的竖琴吧,有如树林: 尽管我的叶落了,那有什么关系!
The tumult of thy mighty harmonies Will take from both a deep, autumnal tone,
你巨大的合奏所振起的音乐 将染有树林和我的深邃的秋意:
Sweet though in sadness. Be thou, Spirit fierce, My spirit! Be thou me, impetuous one!
虽忧伤而甜蜜。呵,但愿你给予我 狂暴的精神!奋勇者呵,让我们合一!
Drive my dead thoughts over the universe Like withered leaves to quicken a new birth!
请把我枯死的思想向世界吹落, 让它像枯叶一样促成新的生命!
And , by the incantation of this verse, Scatter, as from an unextinguished hearth
哦,请听从这一篇符咒似的诗歌, 就把我的话语,
Ashes and sparks, my words among mankind! Be through my lips to unawakened earth
像是灰烬和火星 从还未熄灭的炉火向人间播散!让预言的喇叭通过我的嘴唇
The trumpet of a prophecy! O Wind, If Winter comes , can Spring be far behind?
把昏睡的大地唤醒吧!西风呵, 如果冬天来了,春天还会远吗?

最性感数学老师 她的课没人逃

Maths can be difficult for even the most committed students, but with Oksana Neveselaya at the front of the class her students could be forgiven for struggling to concentrate.


The pretty blonde has been dubbed ‘the world’s hottest maths teacher’ after a video taken by one of her students went viral.


Miss Neveselaya, from Minsk, Belarus, has since swept YouTube and garnered a huge Instagram following of more than 173,000 devoted fans.


In the clip, which is just 45 seconds long, she is seen wearing a sleeveless grey dress and cage sandals with her long blonde hair worn in waves. She is seen addressing the class, then turning back to the whiteboard to write out equations. Various versions of the original video have racked up hundreds of thousands of views.


她被称全球最性感数学老师 她的课没人逃

It is not known whether Oksana is aware of the furore surrounding her YouTube debut,she isn’t averse to receiving attention over her looks with each post notching up hundreds of likes and comments.


According to her Facebook page, she is determined to ‘show that sensuality and intelligence go hand in hand’.


她被称全球最性感数学老师 她的课没人逃

However hopeful suitors may be disappointed as Oksana appears to have a significant other; a recent photograph on her Facebook page shows her grinning with a massive bouquet of flowers.



Amazingly simple, beautiful, andabsolutely free things

简单、美好、自由的事情Seeing a rainbow. It’ssuch a fun and unique treat.

Telling one other person of your big goal. We need accountability in order to make our dreams come true.


Kissing your significant other. Doesthis really need an explanation?


Spending an hour painting your nails.Because you’ll feel so beautiful when they’re all done!


Eating lunch outside on the porch. It’s more enjoyable than sitting at the kitchen table.


Write down what you’re grateful for.After all, you’ve been granted another day to live.



Having Difficulty Reaching a Group Decision

Derrick: That does it. I give up!
Liz: Don’t lose heart. We’ll come to a consensus sooner or later.
Derrick: No, we won’t. We’re hopelessly deadlocked.

Liz: It’s true we’re evenly split right now, but we only need one person to change their mind to break the tie.

Derrick: The trouble is, everybody seems to have made up their minds and they’re beginning to dig in their heels.
Liz: Before they do, let’s take one more vote. Maybe somebody has changed their mind.
Derrick: I doubt it. Nobody wants to be outvoted so both sides are trying to maintain the status quo. They’d rather be deadlocked than on the losing side.
Liz: But if we don’t reach an agreement, we’ll have to come back tomorrow and continue our discussions and deliberations.
Derrick: You’re right! I can’t spend another day in this room. I’ve held out long enough.
Liz: What do you mean?
Derrick: The only way I’m getting out of here is to change sides!


According to a new study, drinking beer does make you friendlier, happier and less inhibited.


The study’s lead researcher, Matthias Liechti, who is the head of psychopharmacology research at University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland, says,

这项研究的首席研究员,瑞士巴塞尔大学医院的精神药理学主管Matthias Liechti说,

We found that drinking a glass of beer helps people see happy faces faster, and enhances concern for positive emotional situations.



Researchers came to their conclusion after studying two groups of 30 men and 30 women.


Before and after alcohol consumption, both groups performed various tasks, including facial recognition as well as tests of their empathy and even sexual arousal.



An executive coach identifies the causes of troublesome colleagues’ behavior, and how best to respond.


The Moles


Who They Are: Mole colleagues hide when they feel insecure, allowing problems to become overwhelming.


Reluctant and quick to embarrass, they are easily intimidated.


How to Identify Them: Look for these socially inept types eating alone at the cafeteria, sitting in the back of the room at the training and sneaking away early at office parties.


They may seem laid-back when passing on opportunities for promotions, but they would rather languish in one position than extend themselves to advance.


They can appear easygoing when accepting blame for a missed deadline, but actually lack the courage to confront the true offender.


Fearful of risk, failure and rejection, they will shun attention at any cost.


The moment your project requires communicating with others, moles will flee from their responsibilities and disappear under the radar.


What to Watch Out For: You might find the reclusive and pitiful nature of moles to elicit your compassion.


But moles only know how to burrow down.


Align yourself with them, and you will fall down the same career-isolation hole they dig for themselves.


How to Protect Yourself: Don’t waste time helping moles become less isolated.


They don’t want to be noticed, and will convert anything you say into self-loathing.


Count on them only for routine work that can be completed without drawing attention from senior management, especially for tasks which they volunteer to do.


The Panhandlers


Who They Are: Panhandler colleagues walk the line between performing at their job and hunting for constant recognition.


They are time-stealing attention seekers desperate for continuous praise.


How to Identify Them: You’ll find these gregarious types carrying on loudly at happy hour.


They are the sycophants tailgating anyone who will toss them morsels of attention.


What to Watch Out For: At first, we are pleased when we meet panhandlers, because they are willing to go out of their way to do something for us, to demonstrate their loyalty.


But their loyalty shifts like a leaf in the wind.


As soon as panhandlers find a better source of affirmation, they will kick you to the curb, even in the middle of an important deadline.


How to Protect Yourself: Realize that panhandlers focus on praise the way addicts focus on drugs.


To keep them on task, refrain from giving them praise until the very end of an assignment or project.


The moment you start doling out the compliments is the moment you’ll lose their attention.


The Headliners


Who They Are: Headliner colleagues have egos that are guaranteed to aggravate.


They are arrogant status seekers convinced that everyone envies them.


How to Identify Them: The headliners are always interrupting at meetings and hijacking conversations.


They are defensive when receiving feedback, and only interested in conversations highlighting them.


What to Watch Out For: Headliners don’t choose friends.


They target people to exploit, people they believe can elevate their status.


They are manipulators only interested in how you can service their ambition.


Headliners will step on anyone to get ahead.


How to Protect Yourself: Manage your relationship with the headliner by saying no to most requests that are outside of your job description, and require that your generosity be reciprocated before you help with their next ‘favor.’ Once they realize that they cannot use you to get ahead, they will concentrate on distinguishing themselves technically, so they can boast about their contributions to the project.


The Directors


Who They Are: Director colleagues are obsessed with control.


They cannot handle uncertainty, and they want to design the outcome of everything.


How to Identify Them: Directors are more interested in being right than in doing the right thing.


They cannot tolerate anyone disagreeing with them, which means they’re constantly alienating people.


They are also the most unlikely co-workers to ever say, Thank you.


What to Watch Out For: Heads up! Directors become loose cannons when they lose control.


They will rant, insult and intimidate to keep and regain control, even if it means being disliked and feared by their colleagues.


How to Protect Yourself: With directors, don’t yield until you’ve reasoned to a middle ground.


Be clear about what plans are non-negotiable and be mindful of their verbal drive-bys—and also always wear your psychic Kevlar.


The Conflict Junkies


Who They Are: Conflict junkies are a combination of all the other types described, grafted into the most toxic and hostile contagion to ever poison the workplace.


If Ebola was a personality type, it would be a conflict junkie.


How to Identify Them: They are the pathological bullies who harass even the most well-intentioned staff; the combative co-workers everyone has a horror story about; the rebellious employees so caustic, they send their superiors into septic shock.


They are completely resistant to civility.


What to Watch Out For: Like moles, conflict junkies may initially appear submissive, but this is a ploy that lasts only until they have adjusted to a new situation.


Like pretenders, once acclimated, they become agents of disruption.


CJ’s go beyond the tactics used by directors to gain control, pitting colleagues against one another, sabotaging projects, undermining their superiors, withholding information to create conflict and misrepresenting situations to HR.


Like panhandlers and headliners, they will go out of their way to feed their egos.


The difference? They act with no concern for consequence, even when it threatens their own careers.


How to Protect Yourself: Handling conflict junkies is more than a one-person job.


Take advantage of your organization’s policies, regulations and stated values.


Leverage all penalties available, even those that require legal action, if needed.


Report their conduct to HR, and encourage others to do the same so that you can build a case for their termination.


If they cannot conduct themselves rationally and respectfully, you should refuse to assist, comply with, respond to or even acknowledge them.


If all else fails, consider asking to be reassigned or taking a new job.


6 Ways To Quickly Learn Cantonese In Hong Kong

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6 Ways To Quickly Learn Cantonese In Hong Kong

If you are looking for some courses to learn Cantonese Hong Kong style or in Hong Kong, or are searching for Cantonese course Hong Kong, then you are finally at the right place. There might be many ways for you to learn Cantonese Hong Kong style or opt for a Cantonese course Hong Kong. However, the 6 best ways to quickly learn Cantonese Hong Kong style through a Cantonese course Hong Kong are given below:


Make A Decision

The first and the most important thing to consider, is to make a choice whether you want to learn the traditional alphabets or simplified ones. Simplified ones are 1/3 less than the original ones so it is a lot easier to learn the simplified ones. Simplified is ideal for beginners and more common in education and business too.


Go for Phrases

If you aim for learning phrase rather than separate words, it will definitely help you. Learning all the Cantonese words will take a lot of time so finding different phrases to focus on is very important. Just like any other language there are different meanings for each word which is why it is more beneficial to learn phrases that will improve the vocabulary in all.


Focus Tones

Cantonese is a tonal language. This is why it is important that you focus on the tones because this helps to develop the habit to distinguish between tones to produce them correctly while speaking. This is important because the tone can change the meaning of the word and it can cause poor communication or embarrassing misunderstandings at times too. So, focusing on them from the start is probably the best way to go.


Have A Style

You should choose the style that suits you the most for learning. People learn in different ways and you can know this by trying different methods and programs. It could be books or language learning CDs, online tutorials, special course with online tutors etc. Also you could make use of many apps like Google Helpouts to do the same.


Listen to Music

Listening to Chinese pop music can really help you. This music helps to break down barriers and understand the language and culture more. This way the vocabulary is also increased if you listen to the lyrics closely as singing along will improve the pronunciation too. You could search anywhere to find Cantonese Chinese music, fill it in your MP3 player and practice anywhere at all.


Accentuate On Spoken Words

This is one of the most useful tips when it comes to learning Cantonese. This can be known from the fact that children learn any language by simply learning the words that are spoken over and over again. Therefore, you can listen to many such recordings or conversations and try to reproduce them as well. You just need to know their meaning first so you can actually set them in your mind. A bad pronunciation is harder to correct later so make sure you focus on this aspect well.

Hence, now that you know the 6 tips for learning Cantonese, make sure you speed up your learning process effectively and efficiently.

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