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How often do you hear or read about sustainable development in the news? WHY?   Leave a comment

English: Sustainability chart

English: Sustainability chart (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




1) What springs to mind when you hear the term ‘sustainable development’?
2) What is sustainable development?
3) In which countries is sustainable development most important?
4) How is sustainable development linked to standard of living?
5) What is your country’s policy on sustainable development?
6) What organizations think that sustainable development is important?
7) How often do you hear or read about sustainable development in the news?
8) What happens if countries ignore issues related to sustainable development?
9) Do you know of any sustainable development projects that have worked?
10) Is sustainable development more important for the developed or developing world?



1) Is sustainable development possible in today’s world in which people are becoming richer and consuming more of the Earth’s natural resources?
2) Is sustainable development real or is it just theory and a topic for inter-governmental meetings?
3) Would you be able to sustain yourself?
4) How important is sustainable development in relation to issues like climate change, poverty, terrorism, etc?
5) What problems does a lack of sustainable development lead to?
6) What roles do countries like the USA, China, Russia and India have in sustainable development?
7) How can there be sustainable development when the world’s population is moving from the countryside into cities?
8) What questions about sustainable development would you like answered?
9) Do you think sustainable development is an interesting an important topic?
10) Do you think people will be talking about sustainable development 50 years from now?


Foreign aid or (development assistance) is often regarded as being too much, or wasted on corrupt recipient governments despite any good intentions from donor countries. In reality, both the quantity and quality of aid have been poor and donor nations have not been held to account.

There are numerous forms of aid, from humanitarian emergency assistance, to food aid, military assistance, etc. Development aid has long been recognized as crucial to help poor developing nations grow out of poverty.

In 1970, the world’s rich countries agreed to give 0.7% of their GNI (Gross National Income) as official international development aid, annually. Since that time, despite billions given each year, rich nations have rarely met their actual promised targets. For example, the US is often the largest donor in dollar terms, but ranks amongst the lowest in terms of meeting the stated 0.7% target.

Furthermore, aid has often come with a price of its own for the developing nations:

  • Aid is often wasted on conditions that the recipient must use overpriced goods and services from donor countries
  • Most aid does not actually go to the poorest who would need it the most
  • Aid amounts are dwarfed by rich country protectionism that denies market access for poor country products, while rich nations use aid as a lever to open poor country markets to their products
  • Large projects or massive grand strategies often fail to help the vulnerable as money can often be embezzled away.

This article explores who has benefited most from this aid, the recipients or the donors.

This web page has the following sub-sections:

  1. Governments Cutting Back on Promised Responsibilities
    1. Rich Nations Agreed at UN to 0.7% of GNP To Aid
    2. Almost all rich nations fail this obligation
    3. Some donate many dollars, but are low on GNI percent
    4. Aid beginning to increase but still way below obligations
    5. 2011: first aid decline in years
  2. Foreign Aid Numbers in Charts and Graphs
    1. Aid money is actually way below what has been promised
    2. Side note on private contributions
    3. Side Note on Private Remittances
    4. Adjusting Aid Numbers to Factor Private Contributions, and more
    5. Ranking the Rich based on Commitment to Development Private donations and philanthropy Are numbers the only issue?


Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery? WHY?   1 comment

English: Walter Yeo, the first person to recei...

English: Walter Yeo, the first person to receive plastic surgery, before (left) and after(right) skin flap surgery performed by Sir Harold Delf Gillies in 1917. The pictures of Walter’s face before the surgery are blurry and hard to come by. In the tragic accident he was recorded as having lost both his upper and lower eyelids. The surgery was some of the first to use a skin flap from an unaffected area of the body and paved the way for a sudden rash of improvements in this field. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)




1) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘surgery’?
2) Do you use the British word ‘operation’ or the American word ‘surgery’? Does it matter which one you use?
3) Have you ever had surgery / an operation?
4) How would you feel if you needed surgery?
5) Would you ever consider having cosmetic surgery?
6) What’s the difference between cosmetic surgery, plastic surgery and reconstructive surgery?
7) How do you think keyhole surgery will change medical procedures in the future?
8) Do you think today’s technology means heart surgery is no problem or would you still worry if you needed a heart op?
9) If you underwent surgery, what preparations would you make in the few days before?
10) What springs to mind when you hear the word ‘surgery’?



1) Would you like to be a surgeon?
2) What do you think of surgeons?
3) What do you know about laser surgery?
4) How have surgical techniques changed over the past century?
5) Would you consider having surgery in another country?
6) If you had surgery, would you prefer to be awake or asleep?
7) Which body part would you hate to have surgery on?
8) Would you sue the hospital if your surgery went wrong?
9) Would you like to watch a video of an operation on your body?
10) What do you think surgery will be like in the future?

 I don´t know, I always think about it,sometimes I think I would never do it because this is the way I am and i should accept it, but sometimes i think that change a few things I don´t like would make me happier, so why not…
I need to decide what I think about it, but I can´t .

I see both excellent and terrible results of the plastic on the moviestars and celebrities, so I can make the conclusion that no matter how expensive the services are, and how famous a surgeon is – there is always a risk to spoil your appearance irrevocably. So, no no no. Never.
In Colombia there are great plastic surgeons who perform daily operations to improve the physical appearance of both men and women. Its cost is relatively low, and very satisfactory results for those who want to look better and increase their self-esteem.
Due to a pregency that ripped my skin in one day from fluid (a ten pound gain in that one day) I have tons of loose skin and stretch marks –I look like a wild animal got a hold of me and ripped my skin apart.  My Dr. suggested strongly that I have plastic surgery as all the muscles in my stomach area are frayed like a rope.  As the years have passed my muscles have become even weaker and Drs. have told me that no amount of exercise will repair them. I have a lot of back trouble and pain partially due to the extra weight of skin hanging on my stomach. The embarrasment of people asking if I’m pregnant, and absolutelly not being able to buy any clothes to fit me is horrible. My breast are small making it even worse. Even though I also have other medical problems which cause me to not be as active as I previously was (fibromylgia and arthritis) I would like to feel like other women and be able to enjoy my body and not be embarrassed by it. Second on my list would be to have my breast enhanced and lifted. I am grateful to have a body that is alive and in somewhat working order but this would be my dream to feel like a normal woman must feel about her body. I’m sorry about such a long and personal answer, but thanks for letting me answer with my true feelings.

Posted October 28, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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121028 Eunhyuk and Donghae at Incheon Airport (to Nanjing) [Fancams!]   2 comments

FOR SUPER JUNIOR Mnet Asian Music Awards
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Compilation: 121028 Zhenjiang Music Festival 2012 with SJM

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How’d that “hope and change” workout?   Leave a comment


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Eat mor chikin!   Leave a comment

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121028 Kyuhyun at Incheon Airport (to Nanjing) [5P]   Leave a comment

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Compilation: 121028 Zhenjiang Music Festival 2012 with SJM

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THATS WHAT I AM (2011) the first kiss   2 comments


Its true, the bible conveys that same sexed people should not be together, says The God that created us..Yet Christian‘s are to show love.. love also means having Tolerance..Nobody should ever hate someone because they are gay, black, ugly or whatever it is about that person that they dont you like..the ones who insists on being evil are in fact the ones w/ the problem. Its not up to us lowly humans to judge or throw stones..I know these words will not truly make a difference…

The movie feels like a long version of The Wonder Years as we follow a teenage boy in the ’60s discovering the great mysteries of life in a coming-of-age movie. He is given an assignment by his teacher that involves him working with an unpopular student. In addition to having to worry about his cooties status by dealing with the unpopular group of students, he also has to deal with a bully, a father that doesn’t communicate too well, and his first crush. While all that is going on in his life, his teacher’s career is threatened by a rumor that Randy Orton‘s character threatens to go public with.


Posted October 27, 2012 by Teacher Alvin in LEARNING ENGLISH

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