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Viewed 804 times 2020-3-8 21:26 |System category:News

  It's telling that the global covid-19 outbreak has taken a toll on  the world economy.  The Purchasing Managers Index in Asia has taken a nosedive; besides, lease rates  of the Baltic Dry Index- a measure of shipping costs-are also down  by two thirds since early December, according to Jeremy Cliffe's latest column published by the New Statesman, which is an influential publication just like The Economist and The Spectator in the U.K. And there are signs that consumer spending is falling and trade flows are slowing, roiled by supply-chain disruptions and fears of a global  pandemic.

  At the same time, The global covid-19 outbreak also offers a chance for companies and employees to change the way they do their work, with more and more companies asking desk-jockeys to work from home instead of  toiling  in their poorly ventilated offices or cubicles. And that means you can   sit on your chintz sofa or even sing a song while coping with paperwork without being harassed by officious colleagues and your tetchy boss. Simply put, you are the  king of the world in a situation like this.

  That's  good news for companies scrambling  to curb their bloated travel expenses and come to terms with travel ban imposed over Covid-19 in some nations.  Technology giants like  Google and Microsoft have already used teleconferencing tools and even suggested "offering free access to their teleconferencing tools to help businesses and schools continue operating in spite of the global coronavirus outbreak."

  That's also what's going on in China, where  many employees are said to embrace teleworking with glee, particularly some working moms who are forced to stay at home to take care their children after China decided to close schools in a bid to fend off the onslaught of Covid-19 outbreak. " I have to fess up that I'm in my element when I work from home, " a Chinese mom says blithely. "You know it allows me to manage my own time  efficiently and save me  some hassle. In a word, I don't have to fret about having an eagle-eyed or poker-faced gaffer hanging around as if I were were being watched by a spook."

  Yet you also find some parents' gripes being echoed by other families that have surly kids in China. " When is my son going back to school? I can't put up with it anymore. He seems to have become an idler or even wastrel since he  spends all his time playing games or watching videos offered by Douyin", says a Chinese mom on Weibo. " He is supposed to be studying. There is nothing I can do about this since he doesn't have to go to school now," says the mom glumly.

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    • Hebe is Wrong 2020-4-30 20:04

      By the way, his former girlfriend was born in mainland China.

    • Hebe is Wrong 2020-4-30 19:39

      I'm just embittered by the way snotty Taiwanese celebs treat Show Lo's former girlfriend, who is said to have helped Show Lo build a successful career in mainland China. One of the friends of Show Lo in Taiwan reproved his former girlfriend when asked to make comments on this scandal, saying "she shouldn't have done this because it would scupper Show Lo's chance of making money in mainland China." Jacky Wu, another TV host in Taiwan,  held the same view during an interview, arguing that Show Lo is just a roistering boy who wants to have some fun. And another female lawyer in Taiwan even rubbished Show Lo's former girlfriend, calling her a capricious lover. "A girl shouldn't treat her former boyfriend like this even she has been betrayed," exclaims this female lawyer in Taiwan.

        I don't know what's wrong with their brains. Another irreverent  shrink living in Taiwan even called Show Lo a romantic figure who bonds with lasses, suggesting that he is a sentimental sort like  Byron.

        It's such disgusting for them to chafe at a doughty girl trying to tell the public that her former boyfriend is just another follower of Harvey Weinstein, who used his power to ravish young actresses in America. And it's decidedly absurd for them to claim that people should give Show Lo another chance to appear on mainland TV shows, allowing for the fact that such insolent sorts living in Taiwan don't even respect girls living in mainland.

        In any event, I'd argue that mainland should bar such celebrities from appearing on TV shows in mainland China. We don't need more dandies like Show Lo showing boys and men how to cavort with girls without marrying them. We should exalt the notion that only true love brings happiness instead.

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