1. Guangzhou Girl Admitted to 11 World-Famous Universities
Lu Kaiyue, a truly outstanding girl from The Affiliated High School of South China Normal University was recently admitted to eleven top-notch universities: Harvard, Oxford, MIT, Stanford, Columbia, Chicago, Duke, Cornell, North Western, California Berkeley, and NYU Abu Dhabi. What’s even more amazing is her excellence spans a broad range of subjects: MIT – admitted to study Mathematics; Oxford – admitted to study Politics!
Faced with so many offers, she hasn’t yet made up her mind: “It’s not just about reputation of the university; it’s also about which one fits you the best.” When asked about what she likes to do in her spare time, she says she’s an avid reader of The Economist and New York Times, and she has received her diploma in Piano. Link: http://news.163.com/14/0402/14/9OR7C61700014AED.html
2. RMB 7000 Not Enough for a Good Nanny
Even in a second-tier city a salary of RMB 7000 per month isn’t small change, and yet this sum will not enable you to find the right nanny in the province of Jiangsu. This report reveals that there’s an accelerated demand for nannies caused in part by the “two-child” policy (if both the husband and wife are the only child in their families, they can now have 2 children, as a reward for the family’s contribution to limiting the expansion of China’s population). In the face of sluggish supply, grandmas have taken on nanny training classes and come to the rescue! In metropolises like Beijing and Shanghai, salary for nannies range from RMB 10,000-20,000 or even more. Kids are quite expensive to raise nowadays!
3. Noticeboard in Beihang University Confuses All
Beihang University (formerly Beijing Institute of Aeronautics) or BUAA for short, was founded on October 25, 1952 out of the merger of the aeronautical departments of Tsinghua University, Beiyang University, Amoy (Xiamen) University, Sichuan University, Yunnan University, Northwest Institute of Technology, College of Engineering, North China University, and Southwest Aeronautical Institute. All good, except that perhaps all these disparate administrations can’t link up to do some simple proofreading. A puzzling noticeboard in Chinese, full of grammar and punctuation errors has been displayed at the entrance to the university playground for more than a year. The bewildering message does not reflect well on an institution of higher learning.
Here’s the word-for-word translation: “Exercisers with kids’ teachers please pay attention: To protect the playground from being damaged and the safety of everyone, don’t skate, bike, or bring in balls like kite.” A student at the university posted a picture of the nonsensical sign on social media, where it has since become the focus of amused attention and discussion. The noticeboard has since been removed and replaced. Link: http://finance.ifeng.com/a/20140408/12067540_0.shtml
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