Recommended 20 happy habits

1. Be grateful. 要学会感恩。 Slow down, look around you, and pay attention to the little details in your life – the delicate purple flower on the sidewalk, the beautiful sunset, the hot shower that washes away your long day, and the smile in your partner’s eyes… 让自己变慢脚步,看看你的四周,关注生活中的细微之处:人行道上淡紫色的花,美丽的日落,洗去你一天疲惫的淋浴,伴侣眼中的笑容。 When you have a grateful heart that is appreciative of life’s beautify, wonder and blessings, you’re automatically filled … Continue reading Recommended 20 happy habits

Tonga volcano eruption was like ‘atomic bomb’

Sydney (AFP) Jan 21, 2022 Tonga’s volcanic eruption felt like an “atomic bomb” that shook “the whole island”, an aid worker told AFP on Friday, as the Pacific nation raced to address a drinking water shortage. Almost a week after the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano exploded, unleashing a tsunami and cutting Tonga off from the rest of the world, witnesses are recounting the disaster. On … Continue reading Tonga volcano eruption was like ‘atomic bomb’

Hong Kong warns animal lovers not to obstruct hamster cull

Hong Kong (AFP) Jan 21, 2022 Hong Kong’s government Friday warned local animal lovers not to obstruct its ongoing cull of small animals, a policy triggered when hamsters in a pet shop tested positive for the coronavirus. The Chinese city adheres to the mainland’s strict “zero-Covid” policy, in which even the slightest sign of the virus is stamped out with contact tracing, targeted lockdowns and … Continue reading Hong Kong warns animal lovers not to obstruct hamster cull

Paris outdoor booksellers eager to turn page on Covid

Paris (AFP) Jan 21, 2022 The open-air booksellers of Paris, a fixture along the banks of the Seine for centuries, are seeing their numbers dwindle after two years of Covid, with stalls going empty thanks to a dearth of local and foreign customers. Tending dark green boxes packed with second-hand works that are often rare or special editions, the dealers enjoy rent-free access but must … Continue reading Paris outdoor booksellers eager to turn page on Covid

China warns of ‘no mercy’ in corruption and monopoly crackdown

Beijing (AFP) Jan 21, 2022 China has vowed to ramp up its regulatory crackdown and show “no mercy” against corruption as the ruling Communist Party gears up for a key meeting that could secure President Xi Jinping a third term. The announcement suggests authorities have no plans to rein in investigations that engulfed China’s tech industry last year or an ongoing hunt for corruption that … Continue reading China warns of ‘no mercy’ in corruption and monopoly crackdown

Myanmar sentences lawmaker from Suu Kyi’s party to death: statement

Yangon (AFP) Jan 21, 2022 Myanmar’s junta sentenced a member of Aung San Suu Kyi’s ousted party to death for terror offences on Friday, a statement said. Phyo Zeyar Thaw, a member of the National League for Democracy arrested in November, was “sentenced to the death penalty today under anti-terrorism act”, the junta said. Prominent democracy activist Kyaw Min Yu – better known as “Jimmy” … Continue reading Myanmar sentences lawmaker from Suu Kyi’s party to death: statement

US announces historic $1.1 bn investment for Everglades rehabilitation

Miami (AFP) Jan 19, 2022 The plan to restore the Florida Everglades, the largest wetlands in the United States, will receive a federal investment of $1.1 billion to protect the region against the effects of climate change, the White House said Wednesday. “The Administration is making the largest single investment in the Everglades in US history,” the White House said in a statement. The money, … Continue reading US announces historic $1.1 bn investment for Everglades rehabilitation

In UK ‘rhubarb triangle’, spring arrives in January

Pudsey, United Kingdom (AFP) Jan 19, 2022 Robert Tomlinson picks rhubarb stalks by candlelight in the dark, carrying on a century-old family tradition that survives today despite the challenges posed to his business by Brexit and climate change. For four generations, Tomlinson’s family have been cultivating “forced rhubarb” in the winter months at their farm in Pudsey, northern England, and are profiting from a resurgence … Continue reading In UK ‘rhubarb triangle’, spring arrives in January

Four people including baby freeze to death near US-Canada border

Montreal (AFP) Jan 20, 2022 Canadian authorities found the bodies of four people including a baby who apparently froze to death in a blizzard a few meters from the US border along a route used by migrants, officials said Thursday. The temperature Wednesday when the bodies were found amid vast snowdrifts, taking into account the wind, was minus 35 degrees Celsius (minus 31 Fahrenheit). “At … Continue reading Four people including baby freeze to death near US-Canada border

Xi’an restarts some public transport after coronavirus lockdown

Beijing (AFP) Jan 19, 2022 The Chinese megacity of Xi’an has partially resumed public transport, according to official announcements, after millions were confined to their homes for weeks because of a coronavirus outbreak. The easing of transport rules – including the resumption of some inter-city train routes – comes just before the Lunar New Year holiday later this month, traditionally a period of mass travel.http://dlvr.it/SHWkhH Continue reading Xi’an restarts some public transport after coronavirus lockdown

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Erupts

Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 20, 2022 A powerful volcanic eruption has obliterated a small, uninhabited South Pacific island known as Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai. Damage assessments are still ongoing, but preliminary reports indicate that some communities in the island nation of Tonga have been severely damaged by volcanic ash and significant tsunami waves. The volcano had sporadically erupted multiple times since 2009. The mosthttp://dlvr.it/SHSYFv Continue reading Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai Erupts