Facebook founder: We obviously made mistakes in protecting user information

protecting user information
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg said in a rare television interview Wednesday Facebook clearly made a mistake in its part in an illegal data collection scandal.

“This was a major breach of trust. I am really sorry this happened. We have a basic responsibility to protect people’s data,” he told cnn.

Zuckerberg did not elaborate on what mistake Facebook made, but he promised to check all apps and do a full forensic audit.

He also told cnn he is sure someone is trying to meddle in the upcoming November midterm U.S. congressional elections. He said Facebook is “really committed” to stop anyone from interfering in the elections through Facebook, including upcoming votes in Brazil and India.

Facebook disclosed Friday that it has known since 2015 that British researcher Aleksandr Kogan illegally shared users’ information with a research firm, after collecting that data legally through an application for a personality quiz.

The research firm is alleged to have illegally used the data of an estimated 50 million Facebook users to build profiles for U.S. political campaigns, including the presidential campaign of Donald Trump.

Facebook has been criticized for failing to alert its users to the incident in 2015. Wednesday was the first time Zuckerberg publicly addressed the issue.

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5 New But Odd Ways People Are Trying To Lose Weight that you have to learn!


Cold Therapies for Weight loss

Also known as Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC), this method using localized chilling temperatures may seem like a far-out, sci-fi method to lose weight, but it’s here, and it has people raving. Not only does WBC help you shed pounds but it soothes irritated nerves and helps reduce symptoms associated with chronic conditions.

This method came out first in Japan in 1978 to treat things ling skin conditions and lesions, decrease pain and spasms and improve recovery time for athletes. And the reaction caused by the cold temps improves blood flow, supplies tissues with needed nutrients and oxygen, and stimulates your body’s systems to eliminate toxins. Where do we sign up?



这个方法最早出现在 1978,当时被拿来治疗皮肤病,也能缓解运动员的疼痛和痉挛的症状并加速康复。低温带来的反应能加速血液流动,为身体提供营养物质和氧气,还能刺激身体排毒。

Hot Baths for Weight loss

If you love to take baths, then this replacement workout is just what you need, and want. Soaking in the tub has touted benefits forever but can it help us lose weight, too? The truth is, it can. While we once thought that rising temperatures through sweat-induced exercise was the best way to improve health, it turns out that passive heating of the body, such as a bath, can produce these health effects, too.

Studies show that the effects of a bath were not as intense as a workout but that an hour in a hot bath did equate to a 30-minute walk and burns about 140 calories. Not only that, blood sugar response was better for the bathers than for the workout-ers. The bath also showed a higher anti-inflammatory response, meaning that your body is stronger and more able to fight off diseases and keep chronic inflammation at bay.



研究表明,虽然洗澡的好处不像激烈的运动那么明显,但一个小时的热水澡和步行30分钟的效果差不多,能燃烧 140 卡路里。不仅如此,泡澡的血糖水平比出去锻炼的人更好,而且还能增强你对抗疾病的能力。

Workout Pill for Weight loss

While this article clearly states that this pill is being released for people unable to workout, we all know it’s the next step to a workout pill so people don’t have to workout. The drug could produce similar effects of exercise such as more endurance and weight loss, without any real exercise in sight.

The problem, of course, is that this new drug, like other pharmaceuticals, is likely to be abused if and when they do make it on the market. But the benefits of this drug, to people who truly cannot exercise, not just lazy people who crave instant satisfaction, may outweigh the risks. For instance, kids with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, who die in their teens from inactivity and muscle wasting, would no longer have to accept their short-lived fate. The potential life-saving pill could help people with acute kidney injury, side effects from cardio-bypass surgery and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, and anyone bound to a wheelchair.

Ronald Evans is the director of the gene expression laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, California. He concludes his findings with this, “People are designed to move. But if they can’t, it’s not healthy to be sedentary. That’s why we are developing this drug. We are trying to take science out of the laboratory and bring it into the clinic in a way that can change people’s lives. If we can do that, it would be a game-changer.”




Ronald Evans 是加州萨克生物研究所的主任,他说:“人生来就应该运动,如果不动,就不健康,所以我们才研发了这种药。我们现在努力让科学走出实验室,走进临床,这样才能拯救生命。”

Hypnosis for Weight loss

As crazy as it sounds, hypnosis may be the way out of exercise and into good health. “Hypnosis can successfully ‘turn off’ cravings, end emotional eating, end self-sabotage, and help a person find the motivation to stay on track,” according to Holly Stokes. Stokes is a certified Hypnotherapist and Neuro-Linguistic Programming author who teaches and writes about hypnosis as a way to lose weight by a reprogramming of sorts.


听起来很疯狂吧。“催眠能‘关闭’欲望和精神性饥饿,还能帮助一个人走上正轨,” Holly Stokes 说。Stokes 是 Neuro-Linguistic Programming (神经语言编程)的作者,也是一位注册的催眠师,目前正在教授催眠的课程、撰写相关的书籍。

hCG for Weight loss

HCG stands for human chorionic gonadotropin and is a hormone produced in women during pregnancy. You take this hormone as part of the HCG diet but unless you are doing in through a doctor, your hCG supplements are not truly hCG. This diet does work, and you will lose weight, but it comes with a price. Not for faint of heart, hCG requires you stick to a very strict food list, that you must adhere to. Not only that but you are allowed only 500 calories a day. Yup, you read that right, 500 calories for your whole day.

Most people consume more than that in one meal alone. Not only is this diet extremely restrictive but honestly, it’s unsafe. With such little calories and next to no “fat” intake, you stand to suffer from gallstones, irregular heartbeat, and electrolyte imbalance, not to mention crabbiness and hungriness for the length of your regimen.

At the end of the day, there is no better replacement than eating right and exercising for a healthy lifestyle. But if you’d rather chill yourself or have someone hypnotize you, these plans may work just as well.


HCG 就是人绒毛膜促性腺激素,这是女性在妊娠期间分泌的荷尔蒙。你可以在通过补充这种荷尔蒙来减肥,但一定要在医生的指导下进行。这种方法确实有效,但代价比较大,你必须严格控制你的饮食,并且坚持下去。不仅如此,你一天只能吃 500 卡路里的食物,是的,你没看错,一天,500卡。


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Pretty Smart? Why We Equate Beauty With Truth 我们为什么会以貌取人?

Pretty Smart Why We Equate Beauty With Truth 我们为什么会以貌取人
Pretty Smart? Why We Equate Beauty With Truth


A study shows that with some regularity we hear about the latest beauty-pageant contestant who has responded to a softball of a question with an epic fail of a mistake, a bizarre opinion or an incoherent ramble. There’s the Panamanian contestant who believed that Confucius invented the philosophy of ‘Confusion,’ the Miss Hawaii who described the U.S. only in terms of the ‘rocky shores’ and ‘sandy beaches’ of Hawaii, and the Miss South Carolina Teen USA who explained that Americans don’t know enough geography because too many people can’t afford maps.

Ridiculous. But what’s even more ridiculous is that our brains bias us toward believing such people — just because they’re good-looking.

The German poet Friedrich Schiller wrote, ‘Physical beauty is the sign of an interior beauty, a spiritual and moral beauty.’ His belief seems odd if you’ve ever seen a portrait of Schiller: His prominent schnozzola would have knocked him out of the 1788 edition of People Magazine’s ‘Sexiest Man Alive.’

In the years since, research has shown that from an early age — in both sexes and across numerous cultures — attractive people are judged to be smarter, kinder, more honest and trustworthy. Obviously, our bias toward thinking that ‘what is beautiful is good’ makes for some bad mating decisions.

In politics, we are also more likely to believe and vote for people who are attractive. Ditto for hiring them. And when it comes to ostensibly blind justice, numerous studies from the 1970s through ’90s found that more-attractive individuals are less likely to be convicted of crimes and, if convicted, receive shorter-than-average sentences for the crime.

Why should this be? Some have suggested that since it is pleasurable to meet someone attractive and someone good and honest, we unconsciously conflate the two. But this convergence of rewarding experiences seems dubious. After all, few of us intermix the pleasure of, say, reading about the triumph of the abolitionist movement with the pleasure of taking a bubble bath and eating a box of Twinkies.

Instead, it seems that the brain confuses the metaphorical and the literal — a fairly common sort of error, because brain regions often multitask. The same region, for instance, is involved in processing physical and emotional pain and in ‘feeling’ someone else’s pain. Another brain region is central to both gustatory disgust (responding to the taste of rotten food with reflexes that make you feel sick to your stomach) and moral disgust (responding to some appalling act by making you feel sick to your stomach).

Work by Takashi Tsukiura, Japanese and Roberto Cabeza, Spanish of Duke University shows something similar with looks: The medial orbitofrontal cortex of the brain is involved in rating both the beauty of a face and the goodness of a behavior, and the level of activity in that region during one of those tasks predicts the level during the other. In other words, the brain does similar things when contemplating beautiful minds, hearts or cheekbones. And it assumes that cheekbones tell you something about minds and hearts.

It’s a discouraging finding. But there’s also some good news in this story: The brain can get confused in both directions. In other words, the same neural wiring that gives rise to ‘What is beautiful is good’ also generates ‘What is good is beautiful.’

In studies by Sampo Paunonen of the University of Western Ontario, heterosexual subjects of both genders viewed pictures of people of the opposite sex, described as having varying degrees of intelligence, independence and honesty. Degrees of independence and intelligence had no effect on their ratings of attractiveness. But people who were described as being more honest were rated as more likable, and the more likable, the more physically attractive.

It seems that things even out in the end. On the one hand, we’re more likely to believe that the earth is flat just because a beauty queen says so. But on the other hand, people are more likely to see that the goodness of Mother Teresa or Gandhi is beautiful.



德国诗人弗里德里希·席勒(Friedrich Schiller)曾写道:“外表美是内在美、精神美和道德美的标志。”他的这个观点显得有些奇怪——如果你看过他的肖像的话:如果1788年有《人物杂志》(People Magazine)“在世最性感男人”榜单,他那显眼的大鼻子应该会让他落选。





美国杜克大学(Duke University)的月浦崇(Takashi Tsukiura)与罗伯托·卡韦萨(Roberto Cabeza)对外貌的研究获得了类似的发现:大脑的内侧眶额皮层既参与评判脸蛋的美丽程度,又评判行为的好与坏,从该区域处理其中一项任务时的活跃程度可预测出它处理另一项任务时的活跃程度。换句话说,在思考一个人有没有出色的头脑、善良的心灵或好看的脸蛋时,大脑的运作机制是类似的。它假定脸蛋就能让你了解一个人的头脑与心灵。


在西安大略大学(University of Western Ontario)桑波·保诺宁(Sampo Paunonen)的研究中,异性恋的男女受试者观看了一些异性的照片,照片上的人被描述为智力、独立性和诚实度各有不同。研究发现,独立性及智力的高低程度未影响他们对长相迷人程度的评判,不过被形容为较诚实的人也会被认为更讨人喜欢,而越讨人喜欢的人,外貌也就更具吸引力。

如此看来,事情最终都扯平了。一方面,我们可能因为一位美貌的女王说过地球是平的就相信这句话;另一方面,我们也有可能因为特雷莎修女(Mother Teresa)或甘地(Gandhi)的善良而认为他们是美的。

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English Lesson – Why Do We Need to Read? 英语好文章 – 我们为什么要阅读

English Lesson - Why Do We Need to Read 英语好文章 - 我们为什么要阅读

Reading do you a lot of good, you can read to learn a language or absorb a lot of information. It doesn’t matter if books are delivered in print or by smartphone, the main thing is to get lost in reading them. Reading books is vital for human development.


Why should we bother reading a book? All children say this occasionally. Many of the 12 million adults in Britain with reading difficulties repeat it to themselves daily. But for the first time in the 500 years since Johannes Gutenberg democratised English reading, in a world ofaccelerating technology, increasing time poverty and diminishing attention spans, should they invest precious time sinking into a good book?


The discovery that our brains are physically changed by the experience of reading is something many of us will understand instinctively, as we think back to the way an extraordinary book had a transformative effect on the way we viewed the world. This transformation only takes place when we lose ourselves in a book, abandoning the emotional and mental chatter of the real world. That’s why studies have found this kind of deep reading makes us moreempathetic, or as Nicholas Carr puts it in his essay, The Dreams of Readers, “more alert to the inner lives of others”.

研究发现阅读会从生理上改变我们的大脑,当我们回想一下一本特别的书是如何转变我们的世界观的时候,就会立刻地理解这种变化。只有当我们在情感上和精神上忽视现实世界的琐碎生活、完全沉迷于书中的时候,这种转变才会发生。这就是为什么研究发现深度阅读会让我们更加感同身受。或者说,正如美国作家尼古拉斯·卡尔在他的著作《读者的梦》中所描述的那样, “阅读能使人更容易注意到他人的内心生活。”

Rationally, we know that reading is the foundation stone of all education, and therefore anessential underpinning of the knowledge economy. So reading is – or should be – an aspect of public policy. But perhaps even more significant is its emotional role as the starting point for individual voyages of personal development and pleasure. Books can open up emotional,imaginative and historical landscapes that equal and extend the corridors of the web. They can help create and reinforce our sense of self.


If reading were to decline significantly, it would change the very nature of our species. If we, in the future, are no longer wired for solitary reflection and creative thought, we will bediminished. However, technology throws up as many solutions as it does challenges: for every door it closes, another opens. So the ability, offered by devices like e-readers, smartphones and tablets, to carry an entire library in your hand is an amazing opportunity. Publishers need to use every new piece of technology to embed long-form reading within our culture. We should concentrate on the message, not agonise over the medium. We should be agnosticon the platform, but evangelical about the content.


We must also get better at harnessing the ability of the internet to inform readers, andpotential readers, about all the extraordinary new books that are published every year, and to renew their acquaintance with the best of rich literary tradition. The research shows that if we stop reading, we will be different people: less intricate, less empathetic, less interesting. There can hardly be a better reason for fighting to protect the future of the book.


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学习英语 – 为什么这么多亚裔女性喜欢染金发?

学习英语 - 为什么这么多亚裔女性喜欢染金发?

The first time I was aware of my Asianness was when I asked my mother why I wasn’t blond. I was 5, and one of only a handful of Asian-Americans living in a predominantly white suburb in Michigan. Of course, my story is not unique — it’s an experience that’s probably shared by most American-born Asians as we shake off our perceived otherness and strive to prove our Americanness. There’s a term for it: “perpetual foreigner.”


“We’re the group that’s always told to go back where we came from, and it’s partly because we have a very strong immigrant population, so we all get bundled in regardless of whether we’re fourth generation or first — to everyone, you look like a foreigner,” said Erin Khue Ninh, associate professor of Asian-American studies at UC Santa Barbara.

“我们这个群体永远都会有人要我们从哪儿来回哪儿去,这部分是因为我们的移民规模非常庞大,所以不管是第四代还是第一代,我们所有人都被捆绑在一起——所有人看你都像个外国人,”加州大学圣芭芭拉分校(UC Santa Barbara)研究亚裔美国人的副教授宁乔艾玲(Erin Khue Ninh)说。

If that’s the case, the most obvious and quickest way to subscribe to Western ideals of beauty is to lighten your hair. For Liz Rim, a stylist at the IGK Salon in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan who began processing her strands five years ago, blond hair was her way of fitting in.

如果是这样的话,要表达对西方理想的认同,最明显且快捷的办法就是把发色变浅。对于曼哈顿切尔西地区IGK Salon的发型师丽兹·任(Liz Rim)来说,把头发变成金黄色就是她融入的方式。她五年前开始处理自己的头发。

“I grew up in Georgia where everyone was blond haired and blue eyed, and I always had this image of myself as an Asian Barbie,” Ms. Rim said. “Now it’s crazy because one-third of the Asians I see in New York or Los Angeles are blond.”


While Japanese celebrities have been changing their hair color as far back as the 1960s to emulate manga and anime characters, it was only a couple of years ago, on the heels of the ombré trend, that salons in this country began to see a spike in Asian clients looking to go full platinum.


Ritsuko Hotaka, English speaker, a colorist at Hair Kuwayama in the East Village, said that nearly 20 percent of her clients are asking to go blond. Kelly Su, the founder of Sonder Hair Studio in NoLIta, reported that of all her Asian customers, about 50 percent are going lighter. (Both salons have a largely Asian client base.)

东村Hair Kuwayama的染发师保高律子(Ritsuko Hotaka,音)说,她的顾客中近20%要求染成金色。诺利塔Sonder Hair Studio的创始人凯莉·苏(Kelly Su)反映,在她所有的亚裔顾客中,大约50%的人会选择更浅的颜色。(两家美发店的顾客群体都以亚裔为主。)

“It has so much to do with the number of Asian-American bloggers who are becoming increasingly visible,” said Greta Lee, an actress who went platinum for the second half of last year. “There’s an army of Asians who are rising in the fashion world.”

“这与日益出名的亚裔美国博主的数量有很大关系,”去年下半年把头发染成银白色的女演员格蕾塔·李(Greta Lee)说,“有一大批亚裔正在时尚界崛起。”

Once a so-called editorial look adopted by a select few, like the popular Korean-American model Soo Joo Park, who found fame with her trademark ultralight locks, the aesthetic has paved the way for celebrities, street-style stars and more to follow suit. That includes the model and blogger Irene Kim, the designer Yoon Anh and the social-media influencers Vanessa Hong, Tina Leung and Margaret Zhang.

有少数一些人曾采用所谓的时尚大片造型,比如热门韩裔美国模特朴秀珠(Soo Joo Park),她以标志性的超亮发型闻名,这种审美引发名人和街头时尚明星纷纷效仿。其中包括模特兼博主艾琳·金(Irene Kim)、设计师安尹(Yoon Anh,音)和社交媒体影响力人物瓦妮莎·洪(Vanessa Hong)、梁伊妮(Tina Leung)和章凝(Margaret Zhang)。

Not all of them went blond with the sole desire of mirroring Western beauty ideals. Ms. Hong was going through a major moment in her life and wanted a drastic change. Ms. Leung, after seven years with a Skrillex side shave, felt as if she was missing an edge.


“I had been seeing all these amazing Asian girls with blond hair, and I’m a sucker for advertisement,” she said, laughing. “If I see something over and over again, I kind of want it.”


This demand can be attributed in part to the 2014 invention of Olaplex, an active ingredient added to bleach to repair breakage from chemical damage, making the process of lifting 10 levels of pigment a more achievable feat. And 18 months ago, when the West Village salon Whittemore House introduced its Hair Paint formula that protects, strengthens and treats hair during the lightening process, its number of Asian clients doubled.

这种需求可以部分归因于Olaplex在2014年的问世,这是一种添加到漂白剂中的活性成分,用以修复化学损伤,有了它,把染色剂色阶提升10级这样的事就没那么困难了。在18个月前,西村发廊Whittemore House推出了自己的染发配方,可以在增加头发亮度的过程中保护、强化和护理头发,所以它的亚裔顾客的数量翻了一番。

Despite these advances, it’s still challenging to go platinum. It can take up to 12 hours, with as many as six applications of bleach and a bill that can start at $400. That doesn’t take into account the upkeep needed, which includes a regimen of deep conditioning treatments, toners and purple shampoos, and a diligence about monthly touch-ups that can run upward of $200 a visit.


“You’re stripping your hair down to the follicle, to the point where you have this wiry Brillo pad left on your head,” Ms. Lee said. “That kind of rebellion, that’s not something to take lightly.”


For those who do, it may serve, symbolically, as an act of rebellion against the Asian good-girl trope, an extension of the “model minority” stereotype — conservative, quiet and hard-working. And since “Asian hair” has a history of being exoticized, often accompanied with descriptors like “long, silky smooth and jet black,” flipping it completely on its head becomes a way of taking back ownership and of reclaiming identity.


“Striving to present only one type of hairstyle not only accommodates narrow and fetishized expectations, it also freezes the ability to experiment creatively with appearance,” said Laura Miller, a professor of Japanese studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. “Bleached hair is often linked with other forms of body modification, such as piercing and tattooing, and therefore reflects a rejection of mainstream and old-fashioned femininity norms. What better way to signal thinking that is different from one’s parent generation than with a radically different appearance?”

“力求只呈现一种发型,不仅是在迎合狭隘而执迷的期望,还限制了对外表进行创造性实验的能力,”密苏里大学圣路易斯分校(University of Missouri-St. Louis)日本研究教授劳拉·米勒(Laura Miller)说。“漂发往往会与其他形式的身体改造联系在一起,比如穿孔和纹身,因此反映了一种对主流和旧式女性特质规范的拒绝。还有什么能比一个完全不同的外表更能体现与父辈不同的思想呢?”

Dr. Miller, for one, hopes this is a trend in which young Asian-Americans are pulling style and cultural cues from Asian countries. “What they see in Asia, especially in Japan and Korea, is a lot of hybridity and playfulness with hair colors and styles,” she said. “When Asian-Americans bleach their hair, they may not have in mind white Americans, but rather Asian celebrities such as Moga Mogami or Hyo-yeon Kim.”

拿米勒来说,她希望这是年轻的亚裔美国人从亚洲国家捕捉风格和文化线索的一种趋势。“他们眼中的亚洲,尤其是日本和韩国,在头发颜色和风格上有很大的混杂性和趣味性,”她说。“当亚裔美国人漂发时,他们心里想的可能不是美国白人,而是比如最上摩卡(Moga Mogami)和金孝渊(Hyo-yeon Kim)这样的亚洲明星。”

One can make the argument that hair color and race are, or should be, mutually exclusive. “Caucasians are able to jump around, and it’s not a big deal for them to be blond, a redhead or brunet, whereas those same rules don’t apply to us,” Ms. Lee said. “It would be so empowering to be able to just try anything the way the rest of the world seems to be able to without any problems.”


Even if the intention is to fit in, having pale hair as an Asian has unpredictable effects. Ms. Leung said she has noticed more head-swiveling stares. Ms. Rim found it to be an outlet for creativity. And Jessica Wu, a stylist, producer and model, credits her six-month-old icy blond hair as the reason she is landing more modeling jobs, including the recent Glossier Lidstar campaign.

哪怕这么做的目的是想要融入,作为亚裔有一头浅色的头发也会带来不可预知的效果。梁伊妮表示,她发现更多的人会转头看她。丽兹·任把这当成了创造力的出口。造型师、制作人、模特杰西卡·吴(Jessica Wu)把最近模特工作机会增多归功于留了六个月的浅金色头发,包括近来Glossier品牌的“眼影明星”(Lidstar)广告。

“Having blond hair has forced me to reassess how I wanted to present myself to the world,” Ms. Wu said. “It’s given me more confidence, it affects the way I dress and the way I perform as a model, and it’s allowed me to be more experimental in terms of my personal style.”


This freedom of expression feels right in line with the values of millennials and Gen Z-ers who prioritize experiences and authenticity above everything else. “I just wanted to shake up my look, but I think with any modification, it’s a break in tradition, and I think we’re more brazen now with what we do,” Ms. Leung said.


While it’s easy to write this off as a beauty trend, this growing community points to stirrings of change on a much larger scale, like the shaping of a new Asian-American identity.


“Maybe this is one part of unlocking the standards we’ve been imprisoned by,” Ms. Lee said. “It may seem like a silly, frivolous act, an act of vanity, but Asians and Asian-Americans have a history of being marginalized and ignored, so whatever the political statement is, maybe by having blond hair, it’s a very simple declaration: ‘Here I am. Pay attention to me. See me.’”


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Americus Reed, professor of marketing, Wharton School of Business

阿梅里卡斯•里德(Americus Reed),沃顿商学院(Wharton School of Business)营销学教授

Social media can rob you of your humanity, if you let it. I usually take to social media once a day and I use other online tools to disseminate messages across multiple platforms. I use it purposefully — not just for random musings that cross my mind whimsically, but ideas that are connected to my professional interests and goals, and my own unique, personal identity.


Treat it like a favourite naughty treat — I recognise that I really like it, but too much will be ultimately be bad for me.


Grant Reid, chief executive, Mars

格兰特•里德(Grant Reid),Mars首席执行官

Technology has enabled global connections, global thinking and global business like never before. This can make it increasingly difficult for employees to switch off from work. To be always on is not sustainable for the individual and, ultimately, the business. Performance will suffer.


There needs to be balance and the opportunity to recharge. Even Michelangelo needed to know when to put the chisel down. The best thing any leader can do is to lead by example, and create a climate that allows others to do the same. I turn off from work to spend quality time with my family. I am also passionate about martial arts, and put time aside for it because it gives me physical energy and mental resilience.


Rana Foroohar, the FT’s global business columnist

拉娜•福鲁哈尔(Rana Foroohar),英国《金融时报》全球商业专栏作家

Read books. Novels in particular. They force you to slow down, and in the case of fiction, to see things from a more emotional perspective. We spend most of our day in the analytical, left brain space, often moving at high speed. But I find many of my best and most creative ideas come when I move into a quieter space.


A lot of the smartest business people I know, particularly financiers who are looking to understand not the minute-to-minute trends but the really big picture stuff, have told me the same thing. I tend to keep both fiction and non-fiction going at the same time.


Right now, I am reading A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, which is a terrific novel about India in the 1970s, and Slouching Towards Bethlehem, a collection of Joan Didion’s essays on California in the 1960s, which is in some ways a strange alter-image of our extreme politics today.

最近我在看罗欣顿•米斯特里(Rohinton Mistry)的《微妙的平衡》(A Fine Balance),这是关于1970年代印度的一本很棒的小说。我同时在读《向伯利恒跋涉》(Slouching Towards Bethlehem),这是1960年代琼•狄迪恩(joan didion)所写的关于加利福尼亚的散文集——在某些方面,那个年代有着我们当今极端政治的怪异影子。

Lynda Gratton, professor of management practice in organisational behaviour, London Business School

琳达•格拉顿(Lynda Gratton),伦敦商学院(London Business School)组织行为学领域的管理实践教授

We are not only going to be working into our seventies, but we will be working in an environment that will change drastically. The skills we have now will not necessarily be those we need in future.


To cope, my advice is to take time to learn new things. This be done in small slivers of time each day. It could be anything from reading the FT, to planning sabbaticals to learn a completely new skill.


But this takes planning, so you need to be organised. Everyone needs to think about how tech is going to change our work: it is likely going to take away the easy tasks and help us do more complex things better, but it will take preparation.


Lynda Gratton is the co-author of ‘The 100 Year Life’

琳达•格拉顿是《百岁人生》(The 100-Year Life)的作者之一

Michael Skapinker, the FT’s business and society columnist

迈克尔•斯卡平克(Michael Skapinker),英国《金融时报》商业与社会专栏作家

I was an early entrant to the online world. About 20 years ago, during a dreary supermarket shop, I saw a table with an invitation to do my shopping from home. I signed up, received a CD-Rom and became one of the first cohorts of online consumers.


Every development since then has improved my life: the transition from computer dial-up to broadband; music on demand; family message groups and, especially for the directionally confused, satellite navigation.


But I have largely stayed away from social media, engaging only with Twitter, which, while time-consuming, has provided leads to interesting articles. But Twitter is a trap: because you see what your friends are up to, you imagine you have seen them.


It was sometimes a shock to discover how long ago I did see them. That prompted a vow: to make sure to have lunch with friends, to have people around, to meet up with them. So in this tech driven world, make sure you socialise, face-to-face.


Pip Jamieson, founder and chief executive, The Dots

皮普•贾米森(Pip Jamieson),The Dots创始人、首席执行官

Make tech work for you, not the other way around. Ask yourself: what do you value and what tech tools can you utilise, to improve how you live and work? If you value learning and health then kill two birds with one stone and listen to books via Audible while at the gym.


If you want a more flexible career then online professional networks, video conferencing tools and cloud software make it easy to work remotely or on a freelance basis.


So many technology products (including social media platforms and news sites) have become experts in driving addictive behaviour, as they derive revenue mainly from advertising. But is browsing endless newsfeeds, or chasing likes, really adding value to your career or life? Is it time well spent? If not, then delete the app — life is too short.


Other tips to take back control of your tech consumption include turning your phone to aeroplane mode at night and weekends; restrict your home screen to only those essential apps; and turn off social media notifications.


David Steinberg, founder and chief executive, Zeta Global

大卫•斯坦伯格(David Steinberg),Zeta Global创始人、首席执行官

A chief executive does not have to be chained to a desk or tethered to an office to keep tabs on a global organisation. Smartphones free us up to be mobile. I always travel with two external batteries and keep my phone in a Mophie charger case wherever I go.


However, an effective executive should not be tied to his or her phone. No matter where I am, I turn off my phone at 11pm to read, reflect and catch up with my wife.


离开手机你是否能正常生活? Can you survive without a mobile phone?

Women should love themselves

Women should love themselves

Women should love themselves, tot everyone reciprocates the gesture.

This is a hard truth but it’s true.

If other people poured the same amount of effort into me as I pour into them, things would probably be different, but things aren’t always equal in friendships and relationships.

I honestly think that we should help other people and take care of them because it’s a good thing to do, not because we want something back.

But by the same token, if we’re not getting anything back to sustain us when we need it, we shouldn’t help people to the point where we drain our own resources.

I’m not being selfish.

Putting yourself first feels so wrong when you first start doing it.

If you’re used to erasing your own needs to look after others, it seems too self-indulgent.

But actually,the only way to consistently and effectively help other people in the long-termis to make sure you’re in a good place yourself.

I’m important too.

It actually took me a while to get to the point where I can say this, but there’s no reason why my own wants and needs shouldn’t matter as much as the other people in my life.

I deserve to have the same level of support and I certainly deserve to get where I want in life.

I deserve to be happy.

Helping people has always made me happy and it still does, but I’ve come to understand I want another kind of happiness too – pride in my own achievements, emotional resilience, stuff that’s really to do with me and not anyone else.

It’s time to make that happen.

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The government in South Korea’s capital is introducing a new initiative to force its employees to leave work on time – by powering down all their computers at 20:00 on Fridays.


It says it is trying to stop a “culture of working overtime”.


South Korea has some of the longest working hours in the world.


Government employees there work an average of 2,739 hours a year – about 1,000 hours more than workers in other developed countries.


The shutdown initiative in the Seoul Metropolitan Government is set to roll out across three phases over the next three months.


The programme will begin on March 30, with all computers switched off by 20:00.


The second phase starts in April, with employees having their computers turned off by 19:30 on the second and fourth Friday that month.


From May on, the programme will be in full-swing, with computers shut off by 19:00 every Friday.


According to a SMG statement, all employees will be subjected to the shutdown, though exemptions may be provided in special circumstances.


However, not every government worker seems to be on-board – according to the SMG, 67.1% of government workers have asked to be exempt from the forced lights-out.


Earlier this month, South Korea’s national assembly passed a law to cut down the maximum weekly working hours to 52, down from 68.


Chinese, Japanese and Korean, which is the easiest and the hardest?

English lesson – A telephone call

a telephone call

Daughter: Dad. You love me, don’t you?

Father: Of course, I do. Why do you ask . . . Ah, what’s on your mind?

Daughter: Well, I saw this great offer for a free cell phone here in the newspaper, and . . .

Father: Free? Nothing’s ever free.

Daughter: Well, the phone is free . . . after a $50 mail-in rebate.

Father: Ah, so that’s the catch. And why do you need a cell phone anyway?

Daughter: Dad. All my friends have one, and I can use it to call you in case the car breaks down.

Father: Ah, I don’t know. There are always so many fees.

Daughter: But the monthly charge for this service is only $29.99, with 1,000 free weekday minutes nationwide, and unlimited weekend minutes. Plus, unlimited, anytime minutes for anyone using the same service.

Father: I don’t know.

Daughter: And you can roll over the extra minutes to the next month instead of just losing them. What do you think of that?

Father: Yeah, but what is the term of the service agreement?

Daughter: It’s only for six months.

Father: But what if you cancel early?

Daughter: Um . . . Ah, there’s a cancellation fee of $200, but with . . .

Father: Two hundred bucks!

Daughter: Yeah, but you won’t have to worry about me while I’m driving the new car.

Father: New car? What new car?

Daughter: The new car you’ll need to buy so I can use the cell phone. I mean, what’s it gonna look like if I’m using a cell phone in our old lemon.

Father: Teenagers. What’ll they think of next?

1. What reason does the girl give for needing a cellphone?

A. She can use it to check her email.

B. She can call family in case of an emergency.

C. She can make cheaper long-distance calls with it.

2.What is one major feature of the calling plan?

A. 1000 anytime minutes

B. unlimited weekday minutes

C. 1000 free weekday minutes

3. What is the term of service for this plan?

A. 3 months

B. 6 months

C. 9 months

4. Why does the girl suggest that her father buy a new car too?

A. Their current car is in bad shape, and it doesn’t look good.

B. The cellphone’s power supply won’t work in an older car.

C. Their car isn’t big enough to ride in with all her friends.

5. What do customers receive when they purchase the cellphone mentioned in the conversation?

A. a cellphone adapter for the car

B. money back for buying the phone

C. other cellphone accessories


1. She can call family in case of an emergency.

2. 1000 free weekday minutes

3. 6 months

4. Their current car is in bad shape, and it doesn’t look good.

5. money back for buying the phone

Business Mandarin Lesson for Beginners – Making a Telephone Call

Learn English in Hong Kong – Are you listening to me?

Are you listening to me

Wife: Hi. Hi Sweetie. I’m home. Um, I’m home!

Husband: Oh, hi honey. Welcome home. How was you day? [ Well . . . ] That’s good.

Wife: It was terrible. The company is going to lay off about 50 people, and I might be one of them.

Husband: Oh, that’s nice.

Wife: That’s nice? You’re not even listening.

Husband: What?

Wife: So, what did I tell you?

Husband: Um, you said that the company . . . something about 60 employees, um . . . and you might be one of them . . . or something like that.

Wife: No, that’s not what I said. [ Oh? ] The problem is you never listen. Never! So look. I bought you this book. Here. Read it.

Husband: What? Now what? Big Egos, Little Ears: Getting Your Husband Out of the Clouds. What’s this? What? And you paid $35 dollars for it?

Wife: No. YOU did. I used YOUR credit card.

Husband: Oh, whatever. Um, so, what great secrets does the book contain that I don’t know already?

Wife: Okay. First of all . . . .

Husband: Okay. I know, I know. I know what you’re going to say.

Wife: No, you DON’T know. The first thing is not to interrupt and think you know what I’m going to say. Hold your tongue for once and give me a chance to share my feelings before you come up with some witty response.

Husband: Okay. I got it . . . I think.

Wife: I hope. Number two. Show me that you’re listening. Stop checking Facebook while I’m talking to you, turn off the TV, look me in the eyes. Anything to show me that you’re paying attention.

Husband: Right. Uh, so what’s for dinner?

Wife: Tsk . . . see!

Husband: [ Laughing ] I’m sorry. I’m just joking.

Wife: It’s not funny. It’s not funny!! So QUIT LAUGHING!! And don’t tell me what to do to fix my problems either. Most of the time, I don’t need solutions. I just need you to listen to my feelings.

Husband: Okay. I guess I haven’t listened enough, [ No. You don’t listen very much. ] and I haven’t shown much empathy [ No. ] And, well, how about if I read a couple of chapters and then we talk about it? Is that okay?

Wife: Yeah. That would be nice. Thank you.

1. What is the problem at the woman’s workplace?

A. The business is going to fire workers.

B. The company is going to cut salaries.

C. The president is going to close stores.

2. The woman ______________ to help her husband learn the art of listening.

A. found a few Web sites

B. picked up a book

C. watched a TV program

3. The first skill of listening that the woman points out is to ________.

A. watch a person’s body language

B. not cut in on a conversation

C. make meaningful comments

4. The second point is to ________________.

A. put aside distractions

B. bring up similar concerns

C. smile and nod politely

5. According to the final point, some people who are experiencing issues in their lives don’t want others to _______ their problems.

A. debate

B. solve

C. share

6. What is the husband going to do with his wife to improve his listening skills?

A. They are going to attend marital counseling.

B. They are going to go on a trip in a couple of days.

C. They are going to discuss the information in the book.


1. The business is going to fire workers.

2. picked up a book

3. not cut in on a conversation

4. put aside distractions

5. solve

6. They are going to discuss the information in the book.

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