China: English Words Are Banned in Chinese Media

The state body said, if words must be written in a foreign language, an explanation in Chinese is required. China has banned newspapers, publishers, and website-owners from using foreign words, most particularly English ones.

The state press and publishing body of China said such words were sullying the purity of the Chinese language. In addition, it said standardized Chinese should be the norm: the press should avoid foreign abbreviations and acronyms, as well as “Chinglish”, which is a mix of English and Chinese. However, the order also extends existing warnings that applied to radio and television.

China’s General Administration of Press and Publication said that with the economic and social development, foreign languages were increasingly being used in all types of publications in China.

It also said that such use had seriously damaged the purity of the Chinese language and resulted in adverse social impacts on the cultural environment.

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds Just Broke Up

Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds Just Broke Up-Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds broke up after two years of marriage.

According to reports, Johansson was the one who initiated the break up. The 26-year-old actress has been searching for an apartment in New York City but the actress is currently in Jamaica with her friends.

On the other hand, the couple said in a statement, “After long and careful consideration on both our parts, we’ve decided to end our marriage. We entered our relationship with love and it’s with love and kindness we leave it. While privacy isn’t expected, it’s certainly appreciated.”

But it’s quite confusing because in April 2010 Johansson told a reporter that she enjoyed her domestic life with her husband and said, “There’s a nice comfort in that. That part of your life is certain, in a way. You’ve got your home in that other person.” While Reynolds said, “You get to hang out with your best buddy every day”, for him that’s the best thing about his life.

The couple was also spotted last month enjoying the company of each other.

Hubert Webb Acquitted in Vizconde Massacre Case

Hubert Webb and his five co-accused are now free men.

After languishing in jail for fifteen years Webb, Tonyboy Lejano, Pyke Fernandez, Miguel Rodriguez, Michael Gatchalian and Peter Estrada were acquitted by the Philippine Supreme Court despite having been declared guilty beyond reasonable doubt by the Paranaque Municipal Trial Court and even by the Court of Appeals.

The key to their acquittal is the disappearance of the semen specimen said to have been obtained from the body of murder and rape victim Carmela Vizconde. The said specimen was supposed to have been turned over by the National Bureau of Investigation to the Paranaque trial court but while the case was on-going. Back then, DNA testing was practially unheard of in the Philippines and it was only a few months back that the Supreme Court granted the request of Webb’s camp for the specimen to be submitted to DNA tests.

The semen specimen is said to be an exculpatory evidence that will supposedly prove once and for all Webb’s presence in the crime scene. Without it there is no solid evidence that Webb was even in the country at the time the killing took place. It will be remembered that Webb is claiming that he was in the United States months before and after the gruesome murder (and rape of Carmela) of the Vizconde family.  

Unfortunately, the said specimen can no longer be found despite certification from the NBI that it was indeed transferred to the lower court’s safe-keeping.

Up until his release a few hours ago, Webb is claiming innocence of the crime and said he has learned to forgive the injustice that has kept him behind bars for almost two decades. When asked for a message for Mr. Lauro Vizconde (the husband and father, respectively, of Estrellita and father of Carmela and Jennifer), Webb said he wishes Vizconde would join him in the search for the real perpetrators of the murder of the Vizconde family.

Vizconde, on the other hand, is adamant in his belief that Webb’s group is guilty beyond reasonable doubt and said he can now only rely on divine providence for the justice that he has long been fighting for for his wife and daughters. He believes that the missing semen specimen does not negate the fact that his family was brutally murdered fifteen years ago.

“30-Minute Meals” By Jamie Oliver Breaks Sales Record

“30-Minute Meals” By Jamie Oliver Breaks Sales Record – Jamie Oliver’s latest cookbook, 30-Minute Meals, has become the fastest selling non-fiction title of all time. The cookbook has sold 735,000 copies in 10 weeks, beating the previous record held by comedian Peter Kay’s memoir, The Sound of Laughter.

According to official figures compiled by The Bookseller, the second placed title, Guinness World Records, sold just 50,444 copies in the past seven days. In the third place in the overall chart was The Simples Life, by The Meerkat, with sales of 37,640.

The cookbook sales as a whole had flattened off in recent years, but there was definitely much more of a foodie interest in Britain now than a decade ago, said Tom Tivnan, features editor of The Bookseller magazine.

The past week has been the biggest for sales so far, with 110,000 copies bought. According to the Guinness World Records, in the past week, its sales were more than twice that of its nearest rival. Oliver’s latest cookbook contains recipes for 50 quick three-course dinners. It was also made into a television series for Channel 4.