You’ve Heard of Berkeley. Is Merced the Future of the University of California?


    By: Jennifer Medina/New York Times   As he walks to class at the University of California, Merced, Freddie Virgen sees a sea of faces in various shades of brown. He is as likely to hear banda corridos blaring out of his classmates’ earphones as hip-hop. With affectionate embraces, he greets fellow members of HermanosContinue reading “You’ve Heard of Berkeley. Is Merced the Future of the University of California?”

The 35 signs you’ll never be truly fluent in Italian


The moment when you realize you’ll never be mistaken for a native. Photo: Pexels. You may have lived here for years, read the textbooks, gone to the classes, even survived an Italian dinner party… but do you ever get the sinking feeling you’ll never be truly bilingual? By: Catherine Edwards/The Local You’re not alone. AchievingContinue reading “The 35 signs you’ll never be truly fluent in Italian”

The worst ‘nightmares’ of living in France


Parking in France can get rather creative. Photo: Connie Ma/Flickr French author Michel Le Goff describes himself as “the French basher France wishes didn’t exist”. Here the writer shares his countdown of the worst “nightmares” about living in France. From: The Local French author Michel Le Goff has just published a new book called TheContinue reading “The worst ‘nightmares’ of living in France”

Raising the Right Professionals: An Uphill Battle for Russia


‘Educators must better adapt programs to the demands of the work force By Alexey Eremenko/Moscow Times For a split second in December, it looked like 77 percent of Russians would be forced out of their current jobs. This is the estimated percentage of people working in a field outside of the scope of their university studies — a practice the government wanted to broadly prohibit beginning in 2020. OfficialsContinue reading “Raising the Right Professionals: An Uphill Battle for Russia”

Hong Kong child prodigy, age 5, passes 11 international dance exams in one day


Dance prodigy Pearl Chan Pui-yee with her trophies. She will soon take an exam to become an assistant dance teacher. Photo: Sam Tsang By Shirley Zhao: South China Morning Post At the age of three, she started to learn Latin and ballroom dancing. At four, she became the youngest person in Hong Kong to passContinue reading “Hong Kong child prodigy, age 5, passes 11 international dance exams in one day”

Wales Principle called POLICE when she discovered pupils plotted not to smile for school photo


The officer was invited into the village primary school in Anglesey, north Wales, to reprimand the pupils unwilling to pose correctly – a conduct hearing was told No confidence: Teachers placed a vote of no confidence in strict Principle By Luke Trayor/UK Mirror A strict Principle(headmistress) was so angry when she discovered pupils were planningContinue reading “Wales Principle called POLICE when she discovered pupils plotted not to smile for school photo”

‘Paris is pricey, but it’s the best city for students’


Every year thousands of students come to France to study and most of them head to Paris. Giving us the lowdown on student life in the capital this week is American Anne Waldrop, who says even on a budget Paris is the place to study.  The famous Paris Sorbonne University and left Anne Waldrop enjoyingContinue reading “‘Paris is pricey, but it’s the best city for students’”

Spoiled teenagers clean garbage to understand value of labor


Indulgent teenagers collect garbage from under a booth in Pham The Hien Market in District 8 With their parents’ permission, some spoiled teenagers in Ho Chi Minh City were tasked for sanitary work on April 20, in an effort to make them realize and understand the value of labor and hard work involved in earning a livelihood.Continue reading “Spoiled teenagers clean garbage to understand value of labor”

5 Ways to Be a Better Listener


It’s the simplest relationship booster on the planet. Be a better listener, be a better boyfriend. Bernard Ferrari, the dean of Johns Hopkins University’s Carey School of Business, mentions five pillars in his book Power Listening. He may have been writing for the board room, but I think the tips work just as well inContinue reading “5 Ways to Be a Better Listener”

Sex over 50: Experts say older lovers need sex ed to avoid STIs


With more people over age 50 enjoying active sex lives,  public health agencies have to do more to warn them of the risks of  sexually-transmitted disease, say experts. More and more people over the age of 50 are being diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections — a development that  has a medical journal urging doctors to be moreContinue reading “Sex over 50: Experts say older lovers need sex ed to avoid STIs”