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Huang Peipei (L), 23, of Beijing, won the contest for "China's best job" after making a speech, competing in a talent show and taking a written test.
经过竞聘演讲、才艺展示、随机笔试等环节的考验，来自北京的23岁美女黄培陪昨天最 终获得了“中国最爽工作”的职位。据当地媒体报道，她将成为河南信阳南湾湖景区61岛总岛主，她的工作内容就是每天写博客、拍摄宣传片、组织招募网友活动 和参加景区大型活动。这份“中国最爽工作”的年薪达到了30万元。
据福克斯新闻网2009年5月6日报道，34 岁的英国慈善工作者本•绍索尔击败3.5万名来自世界各地的竞争者，成为大堡礁汉密尔顿岛的看护人。他将在半年的工作期内获得15万澳元的高薪（约合人民 币65 万元），而其主要工作则是游泳﹑探险﹑休闲﹑并撰写博客来推广该地的旅游品牌。该工作系澳大利亚昆士兰州为宣传当地风情而推出的旅游发展计划的一部分。
据《广州日报》报道，经过专家们的论证，港珠澳大桥将在每年4~8月份有条件施工， 以期保护正处于繁殖高峰的中华白海豚。为尽量减少对海洋生物特别是中华白海豚的影响，专家们提出了许多新措施，如浅水区非通航孔桥由70米增大到85米， 深水区非通航孔桥由70米增大到110米，从而减少桥墩；施工方法由海上作业变为陆地工厂化作业等。所有举措实施后预计将增加工程造价36.7亿。
《京华时报》今天报道：20辆悬挂欧盟车牌照的房车于前天进入北京。驾驶这些房车的 是40余位平均年龄在65岁左右的欧洲老人。据说，这些退休的老人是想要通过环球旅行来自娱自乐。今年5月15日，他们从德国出发，途经波兰、奥地利、俄 罗斯、蒙古等国家后，于7月16日从内蒙古的二连浩特进入中国。他们将在北京停留4个晚上，然后驱车前往西安，走丝绸之路，预计将于今年11月到达伊斯坦 布尔，完成历时半年的自驾之旅。
据英国《每日邮报》报道，俄罗斯红发美女间谍安娜•查普曼的形象现在被玩具生产商制 作成了两款仿真娃娃，而其中一款单手持枪，酥胸一览无遗。这两款娃娃的售价都在29.95美元（人民币203元）。半裸款的玩具娃娃，名为“我爱间谍”， 穿着花格短裙，白色女生长袜，上身完全裸露。另外一款名为“终极战士”，上身白色运动背心，下穿高腰牛仔，左手握枪，一身发达肌肉，凹凸有致。另据《纽约 每日新闻》报道，现在这两款娃娃卖得很火，半裸款更是受到追捧。
据英国广播公司报道，7月24日德国西部城市杜伊斯堡“爱的大游行”音乐狂欢节踩踏 事件已导致至少19人死亡。由于现场过于拥挤，警方曾试图阻止人们前往。但是成群的观众在隧道入口处却发生了骚乱。此次事故还导致约100人受伤，部分伤 势严重。这次音乐节有100多万人参加。
英国《卫报》报道，英国的罪犯有望通过亲自向受害者道歉获得减刑。英国司法大臣克里 斯宾•布朗特正在考虑该举措，以期提供受害者与其施害者面对面交流的机会。“受害者支援会”和“恢复性司法协会”两大慈善机构今日发布的一项报告显示，这 项政策有望大大减少再犯数量，每年可为政府节省1.85亿英镑的开支。
英国《每日电讯报》消息称，大多数宠物狗过于肥胖。成年宠物狗中，60%体重超标或者肥胖。宠物狗缺乏锻炼，残羹摄取过多以及吃太多零食都会导致肥胖。研 究人员还说，如果狗主人年纪较大、比较贫穷，或者他们自己本身就比较肥胖的话，狗的肥胖几率会增加很多。研究人员在英国城市格拉斯哥附近的五家兽医诊所对 700只一岁或一岁以上的狗及其主人进行了此项调查，结果刊登在英国的《小动物临床学杂志》上。
据英国《每日邮报》报道，苏格兰啤酒制酒商BrewDog近日推出一款名为“终结历 史”的烈性啤酒，并将其装在用动物尸体做的酒瓶内，每瓶售价高达500英镑（5175元人民币）。这些动物不是被人故意杀死的，而是在公路上被撞死的。该 厂商目前已经制成12个尸体酒瓶，其中包括7只白鼬、四只松鼠以及一只野兔。有些动物身上围有苏格兰方格呢短裙，有的则头戴大礼帽。瓶中的啤酒酒精含量高 达55%，被称为世界上最烈的啤酒。
Woman wins 'China's best job'
Yesterday, Huang Peipei, 23, of Beijing, won the contest for "China's best job" after making a speech, competing in a talent show and taking a written test. Her job is to write blogs, shoot promotion videos and recruit and organize netizens to visit the Nanhu Lake Senic Spot in Xinyang City, Henan Province. She will be named "master" of the 61 islands that form the scenic spot and her yearly salary will be 300,000 yuan, local media reported.
[Background] Briton wins 'Best Job in the World'
Ben Southall, 34, a British charity worker, beat out nearly 35,000 applicants from around the world for a six-month dream assignment, reported the Fox News on May 6, 2009. He will earn AU$150,000 to swim, explore and relax on Hamilton Island in the Great Barrier Reef while writing a blog to promote the area. The job is part of a tourism campaign to publicize the charms of northeastern Queensland of Australia.
Banks raise service fees
Chinese banks are raising service fees for interbank ATM cash withdrawals in the same city. Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, China Construction Bank, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China all raised the minimum charge of this service from 2 to 4 yuan. Bank of Communications and Guangdong Development Bank also said they will raise this charge soon.
China to invest to protect dolphins
The Guangzhou Daily reported today that based on the advice of experts, construction of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge will face restrictions between April and August, the reproductive season of the Chinese white dolphin. To minimize the impact on marine life, particularly the rare Chinese white dolphin, many new measures, which will cost about 3.67 billion yuan, have been adopted. To build fewer piers, heights of the non-navigation channels in shoal water and deep water have been readjusted from 70 meters to 85 meters and 70 meters to 110 meters, respectively. Offshore operation has been replaced by onshore operation.
EU retirees drive to China in RVs
20 RVs with EU license plates arrived in Beijing Friday, the Beijing Times reported. About 40 Europeans, who have an average age of 65, are the drivers. All retirees said they want to entertain themselves by traveling the world. They started their journey from Germany on May 15 and have passed through Poland, Austria, Russia and Mongolia. On July 16, they entered China through Inner Mongolia's Erenhot. Reportedly, they will head to Xi'an, a city along the Silk Road, after four nights in Beijing. They are expected to finish the half-year journey in Istanbul by November.
Model spy now a topless doll
Russian spy Anna Chapman has been made into two action figures, including a topless doll armed with a gun, the Daily Mail of London reported. Models of the redhead are being sold for US$29.95 (RMB203). The doll manufacturer Herobuilders.com has produced the topless "The Spy I Could Love" and curvy "Predator" figures. The Predator spy girl is muscular with a white vest, high-waisted jeans and a pistol in her left hand. The Spy I Could Love wears a tartan skirt, white schoolgirl socks and not a lot else. Orders for the dolls are already flooding in, with the semi-nude version the favorite, according to the New York Daily News.
German festival stampede kills 19
At least 19 people died in a stampede at the Love Parade dance music festival in the western German city of Duisburg on July 24, the BBC reported. Police had been trying to stop people from reaching the parade area because of overcrowding. But the spectators panicked at a tunnel entrance. About 100 people were also injured, dozens seriously. More than 1 million people are believed to have attended the event.
Unexpected data charges for iPhone
Some British iPhone users have complained of large and unexpected bills when they return from vacation, the Telegraph reports. One user said she was charged almost ￡1,500 even though she had turned off data roaming on her phone throughout her trip to the US. Many users who have complained to their network have been given refunds.
'Sorry' gets shorter jail sentences
Tens of thousands of British criminals may be able to reduce their sentences by apologizing to their victims, the Guardian reported. Crispin Blunt, the prisons minister, is considering implementing this policy so victims can come face-to-face with the person who committed the crime against them. Two charities, Victim Support and the Restorative Justice Consortium, released a report suggesting the policy could save ￡185m in two years by cutting reoffending.
Most pet dogs are too fat
A majority of pet dogs are too fat, according to a report by the Telegraph. A recent study found that 6 out of 10 adult dogs are classified as overweight or obese. A lack of exercise, being fed table scraps and being given too many snacks or treats are three factors for the rise in dog obesity. Researchers also found that dogs were more likely to be overweight if their owners were elderly, poor or if the owners were obese. Researchers took the measurements of 700 dogs and their owners at 5 veterinary practices around Glasgow, Britain. The results were published in the British Journal of Small Animal Practice.
Beer served in road kill
BrewDog, a brewer from Scotland, has created a bottle of ale which costs ￡500 and will be sold inside dead stuffed animals, the Daily Mail reported. The animals are not killed for packaging purposes but died in road accidents. The 12 bottles of The End Of History ale have been made and placed inside 7 dead stoats, 4 squirrels and 1 hare. Outfits featured on some of the animals include a kilt and a top hat. Containing 55 percent alcohol, the brewing firm says it is the world's strongest beer.