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‘Too fat to fight’: thousands of British soldiers overweight
胖到不能打仗:數萬名英國軍人超重

The British army has a global reputation for efficiency and performance, but new figures published on June 22 suggest that its soldiers might be getting a little soft. More than 32,000 soldiers failed a basic fitness test at some point in the past three years, andFULL STORY

BUSINESS ENGLISH

A:Oh, no. They’ve got the name of the organizer wrong on the seminar invitation. B:How can they have made such a silly mistake? Who did the proofing? A:We’ll deal with that later, if we don’t think of a way to sort this out we won’t beFULL STORY

Coma patient welcomes new addition to family
創世植物人娶媳 新人奉茶
2014-10-29

The other day, a little piece of joy was brought to the Caotun branch of the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation. On Oct 18, one of the residents, 63-year-old Mrs Lo, gained a daughter-in-law. Her husband took their son and his bride-to-be to the Caotun branchFULL STORY

BUSINESS ENGLISH2014-10-29

A:Is Kelly there? B:Kelly?There’s nobody called Kelly here. Which section were you trying to reach? A:Eh? That’s weird. I’m looking for Kelly in advertising. B:This isn’t the advertising section, you must have dialed the wrong extension. Hold on, I’ll have the switchboard put you through. A:請問Kelly在嗎? B:Kelly?我們這邊沒有叫Kelly的同仁耶!請問您要找的是哪個部門? A:咦?怎麼會?我要找的是廣告部的Kelly。 B:這裡不是廣告部,應該是轉錯分機了,請稍候一下,我請總機幫您轉過去。 FULL STORY

Can solar power be cheap?
太陽能發電能變便宜嗎?
2014-10-28

New technologies will be needed for photovoltaics to become cheap. Fact 1: The primary ingredient of most solar panels is purified sand. Fact 2: Enough sunlight hits the Earth in an hour to provide all of humanity’s energy needs for a year. So why isn’t solarFULL STORY

Trees may be uprooted to build Taipei Dome underpass
松菸護樹團體不滿移樹 國父紀念館全區提報文化景觀
2014-10-28

The Taipei City Government plans to remove 37 existing old trees to make room for the exit of a pedestrian underpass connecting the Taipei Dome with the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall. However, a group devoted to conserving trees in the city’s Songshan District wants to preserveFULL STORY

BUSINESS ENGLISH2014-10-28

A:Every time I go past your department I see you doing overtime, is everything OK? B:I’m sick of it. I don’t know why everything seems to fall on my shoulders. A:Are you going to talk to your manager about it? B:I’m still wondering whether IFULL STORY

Warnings on eyesight deterioration for senior citizens using consumer devices
銀髮族手機、平板滑不停 小心加速眼睛老化
2014-10-27

Senior citizens hooked on swishing handset touchscreens should be wary of accelerated eyesight deterioration. A 65-year-old teacher surnamed Wang, who was already extremely near-sighted, developed cataracts after she started surfing the Internet on her retirement and had to have an operation to remove them. AfterFULL STORY

BUSINESS ENGLISH2014-10-27

A:Oh, no! The company I want to apply to requires an English resume. B:Just write one and get someone to proof it for you. A:But my grammar is terrible. The person revising it will basically have to rewrite it. B:Then pay for a translation company toFULL STORY

BUSINESS ENGLISH2014-10-26

A:Have you bought the staff travel insurance yet? B:Not yet. Tomorrow I will ask everyone for their personal details. A:There’s a lot of people going, have you decided how you’re going to do it? B:I’m going to e-mail a notice to everyone, together with aFULL STORY

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