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 American Literature Association
32nd Annual Conference

May 27-30, 2021

Westin Copley Place
10 Huntington Avenue Boston, MA 02116

Conference Directors: 
Olivia Carr Edenfield, Georgia Southern University
Leslie Petty, Rhodes

Conference Fee:  $175 
($125 for Graduate Students, Independent Scholars, and Retired Faculty).

Deadline for Proposals:       February 21, 2021

The ALA website contains details and instructions for submitting proposals as well as important information for representatives of participating author societies.  Proposals from individuals and program information from author societies should be sent to

Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield via email
(carr@georgiasouthern.edu)

by February 21, 2021 following the instructions on the website:

www.americanliterature.org

 

Our Boston Location: In 2021, the American Literature Association will return to Boston and to the Westin Copley in the Back Bay for our 32nd Annual Conference. 

ALA Conference Housing Information: The Westin Copley Place will offer a conference rate of $189 for a single or double room (triples are $229).  Reservation information will be posted November 1, 2020.  

Conference Details:  For the 2021 conference, the ALA will again rely on electronic submission of program information and conference proposals.  As usual, the societies that make up the American Literature Association will organize much of the program. Individual societies will issue their own calls for papers, which will be listed on the ALA website as well as on the societies’ own websites and publications.  Guidelines for author societies are detailed toward the end of this notice.

英国的一个收集全球气温纪录的科学小组也将在未来几周内提交报告。
Well, that’s it, kids: we’re heading home. Chinese shares are down 7 per cent, and thanks to the newly-instituted market circuit breakers, that means the market shuts.
ESCP欧洲商学院(ESCP Europe)和美国麻省理工学院斯隆管理学院(MIT Sloan School of Management)也表现不错。两所学院的排名均上升5位,分别位居第三和第五。
Against: It's not yet managing to win top honors from critics' groups.
n. 沼地,极多,回转 n. 大量,许多 v. 使转,扭

Tentative Conference Schedule:

Thursday, May 27 2021:            

揭秘欧司朗照明战略路线规划

Book Exhibit: 11:00 AM – 5 PM

佛山家装行业:超三成公司被洗牌 下半年形势不乐观

Friday, May 28, 2021:              

5月楼市价格继续呈分化态势 钢铁价格延续承压

Book Exhibit:  9 AM – 5 PM   

一文看懂粤港澳大湾区规划纲要!(附临深楼市情况)

购房者:只有一套房 房价上涨对我有好处吗?

Saturday, May 29, 2021:          

地板实行编码 促进企业O2O模式的深度开展

龙湖集团:公司获准证监会批复发行50亿元境内公司债券

Sunday, May 30, 2021:              

海南:百余人虚假申报个税被取消购房资格

Book Exhibit:   An exhibit of scholarly books will be held during the conference.  About twenty publishers are expected to take part. To have your books represented at the exhibit, ask your publisher to consider taking part in the book exhibit or to contact Scholar’s Choice (see information below), which will organize exhibits for publishers.  Publishers should direct any questions to Alfred Bendixen at ab23@princeton.edu — We welcome the participation of publishers and are one of the few scholarly organizations that do NOT charge an exhibit fee. Publishers who are unable to attend, but wish to have a few titles exhibited should contact The Scholar’s Choice.

Scholar’s Choice:  The American Literature Association has again arranged with The Scholar’s Choice to manage the combined book exhibit for our meeting. It may be possible for your recently-published books to be included in their display.  Please refer to the following guidelines:  “Any members interested in having their book displayed at the upcoming meeting should contact their publisher between October 30th, 2020, and March 1st, 2021.  The Scholar’s Choice displays on behalf of the publishers and all requests must come from them, not the individual authors. If they don’t already have it, the press may request the appropriate paperwork by emailing Mary Lynn Howe at mlh@scholarschoice.com.”

The Conference Fee and Registration: The conference fee covers the costs of the conference including the receptions and special events.  It does not include any meals. All of those who are on the program are required to pre-registerThose who do not pre-register by May 1, 2021, will be dropped from the program.

"Twenty Two" featuring the tales of 22 comfort women became the first Chinese documentary to surpass 100 million yuan at the box office.
和过去几年相比,2013年信心受到动摇的时候少了,但市场依然很容易受到影响。OppenheimerFunds的首席经济学家韦布曼(Jerry Webman)表示,虽然2013年的信心要强于以往,但全球各地也不都是这样。
Effective bosses and managers tend to:
['l?sti?]

Programs: The ALA website will list a draft of the program as soon as it is available, usually during the second week of March, with updated programs posted weekly until we go to press. Copies of the printed program will be available at the conference.

ALA Membership:  Membership in the ALA is not required in order to propose or present a paper.  In fact, technically the members of the American Literature Association are the various author societies.  Individuals may keep informed about the activities of the ALA by checking our website (www.americanliterature.org), which is the primary source for information about ALA activities. 

The easiest way to find out about the conference and all ALA activities is by consulting our website:
www.americanliterature.org

ALA Guidelines: The most common ALA format is a time slot of one hour and twenty minutes with three papers and a chair.  This permits some time for discussion and three papers of approximately 20 minutes (or ten typed double-spaced pages). Organizers of panels are free to use other formats provided they respect the time limits.  Please note that the normal reading time for a paper is two minutes per double-spaced page (or 20 minutes for a 10-page paper). Furthermore, the ALA encourages panel organizers to experiment with innovative formats including discussion groups and panels featuring more speakers and briefer papers. Chairs will make sure that the panels start and end on time and that no speaker goes beyond the allotted time limit.  Chairs may NOT present papers on the panels that they are moderating, and no one may present more than one paper at the ALA conference. Individuals may, however, present a paper on one panel, and chair other panels, and/or also present on roundtable discussions.

Procedures for Author Societies:  The representatives of the various author societies that make up the American Literature Association will organize most of the program.  Societies are expected to offer their own calls for papers using their websites, email list-serves, newsletters, other publications, or mailing lists.  Each society is also expected to post a call for papers or announce its plans on this ALA website by sending the CFP to Alfred Bendixen at ab23@princeton.edu as soon as possible and No Later than December 1, 2020.   Societies are expected to advertise the national conference in their publications or on their websites.  This expectation can be met by including the following notice in appropriate publications and websites:

The American Literature Association’s 32nd annual conference will meet at the Westin Copley Place in Boston on May 27-30, 2021 (Thursday through Sunday of Memorial Day weekend).  The deadline for proposals is February 21, 2021. For further information, please consult the ALA website at www.americanliterature.org or for specific questions, contact the conference directors, Professor Olivia Carr Edenfield at carr@georgiasouthern.edu or Professor Leslie Petty at lpetty@rhodes.edu or the Executive Director of the ALA, Professor Alfred Bendixen at ab23@princeton.edu.

There is a natural human tendency to idealize and whitewash days of yore, to cast them in the rosy glow of the mind’s eye.
"我认为机器会比人类更强大、更智能,但绝不会比人类更睿智。"马云如是说。“因为有一件事是肯定的:智慧、灵魂和心灵都是人类所拥有的东西,而机器永远不能享受失败、成功、友谊或爱情。”
这份榜单的四所英国大学分别是剑桥大学、牛津大学和伦敦大学和帝国理工学院。东京大学也位列前20名。
欧洲工商管理学院(Insead)领衔2017年英国《金融时报》全球MBA百强榜。这是这所拥有多个校区的国际商学院连续第二年高居榜首,去年该学院首次摘得桂冠。
There are no right or wrong answers, just be honest with yourself.
他最近已开始和玛丽莎?梅耶尔(Marissa Mayer)、鲁伯特?默多克(Rupert Murdoch)这样的产业大亨进行会面(默多克正是《华尔街日报》(The Wall Street Journal)所属新闻集团(News Corp.)的董事长)。目前达洛伊西奥的资产净值已经很高,但还没多到令人眼红的地步。但正如轻博客(Tumblr)创始人大卫?卡普(David Karp)和29岁的Facebook神童马克?扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)一样,达洛伊西奥已非常值得钦佩。Summly早期投资方之一、兴盛资本(Thrive Capital)创始人乔舒亚?库什纳(Joshua Kushner)评价道,他的气场能震住整个房间的人,他这个年龄自我意识能如此之强,实属难得。
该声明称,EPIC绝不容忍任何人的欺骗或者侵犯版权的行为,不管他的年龄有多大。

网络红人前10名的微博粉丝数加起来超过了4000万。其中最著名的Papi酱签署的视频广告价值竟然达到了令人震惊的2200万元。
3. The government bothlocal and national will invest in more technology-driven sectors, includingadvanced agriculture, transportation, medicine and other sectors. Thisinitiative will be aimed squarely at improving China’s productivity andmanufacturing competitiveness. There will be a national effort aimed atachieving quality, first-time yield and ensuring “productivity driven” globalcompetitiveness.

  1. adj. 不合法的,非法的
    The women in tech: Tech takes a second turn as a category on the Power Women list. Five tech women made the top 25 this year, including Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg (No. 6), Rometty (No. 12) and HP’s Meg Whitman (No. 15). There are 16 tech women in total, including also Susan Wojcicki, SVP of ads at Google (No. 30) and Sun Yafang, chair of Huawei Technologies (No. 77).
    As the unstoppable Nazi forces roll across Western Europe and the threat of invasion is imminent, and with an unprepared public, a skeptical King, and his own party plotting against him, Churchill must withstand his darkest hour, rally a nation, and attempt to change the course of world history.
    你一定有一个连走路时都念念不忘的怪癖。你只想聊这个。瞧着吧,观众会被你帅到的。
    adj. 接收能力强的,愿意接受的,感官的
  2. “十二五”期间,中国累计实际使用外资预计达到6200亿美元,第三产业实际利用外资占比提高到60%以上。同期中国对外直接投资年均增长14.2%。
    ‘Unfortunately, while the newest episode may be a fantastic addition to the Star Wars franchise, ‘starwars’ is a dangerous password to use,’ said Morgan Slain, CEO of SplashData, Inc.

The Sublime in the Poetry of Sample
Organized by the Ima Sample Society

 Chair:  Joseph Goodscholar, University of Great Hopes

  1. “Irony and Angst in the poetry of Ima Sample,” Noah Problem, College of Notre Doubt
  2. “The Beautiful Garden in The Jungle: Sample’s Influence on Sinclair,” Raphael Hythloday, University of East London
  3. There is "credible evidence" Justin Bieber fathered a child after a backstage encounter with an older female fan, her lawyers have claimed. 一名女性的律师声称

二线城市重启限购限贷 房地产市场会降温吗?

三大指数全线上涨 券商上攻领涨两市

There are, for example, clear differences in the way the products are pitched to investors in the US and Asia. A high proportion — some estimate 90 per cent — of funds in Asia are commission-based. This disadvantages ETFs because they are openly traded on stock exchanges and are not structured to pay commissions to banks, brokerages or financial advisers that might recommend them, unlike the mutual fund industry in the region.

adj. 可用的,可得到的,有用的,有效的
黄记泳表示,去年赴韩旅游的中国游客超过800万人,同比增长36%。他还表示,甚至在韩国政府宣布部署萨德之后,该数字也曾继续上升。
The strategy of Four comprehensives: Comprehensively building a moderately prosperous society, comprehensively driving reform to a deeper level, comprehensively governing the country in accordance with the law, and comprehensively enforcing strict Party discipline
Opening song “Usher In The Spring With Beautiful Melodies” (48 CCTV hosts and hostesses)
2006年,哈茨与现任丈夫凯文共同创办了在线票务平台Eventbrite。自成立以来,这家公司先后从红杉资本(Sequoia Capital)和老虎全球基金(Tiger Global Management)等公司获得了总计1.4亿美元的投资。今年9月,它的票务销售总额达到了20亿美元。创业让哈茨不得不在与人沟通时运用坦率、且具有合作性的对话方式。她说:“我必须学会如何寻求帮助。所有人都认为创业是勇敢的举动,但我认为,更需要勇气的事情是,把自己摆到众人面前,同时努力达成协作。”
最新的官方资料显示十二月中旬的数据大幅增长,有1200人已经离开或者正谋求去战场加入圣战份子。

  1. Provide the exact Title of the Session as you wish it listed in the Program. (Please try to be both concise and precise). Please do NOT use CAPS or special fonts or highlighting or Bold or any special formatting in any part of the material you send!
  2. 这一问题也打击了中国在WTO框架内获得市场经济地位的努力。中国声称,在其加入WTO满15周年的今年12月,应当自动获得市场经济地位。如果中国获得了该地位,那么这可能影响美国等国对中国发起反倾销案的能力,因为这将使他们不能用替代国的价格进行比价。
  3. 2017年北京超额完成保障房建设和棚户区改造任务
  4. For each paper, begin with a number, skip five spaces, then provide the title of the presentation in quotation marks, and then the correct name of the presenter, and his or her academic affiliation. For independent scholars, you may identify a society, a place, or just note independent scholar or biographer or anything you deem appropriate. For any questions about matters of format and style, please consult The Chicago Manual of Style.
  5. 宝能快刀斩乱麻 闪电敲定南玻三大关键岗位
  6. Then write Audio-Visual Equipment Required and state NONE or request the specific equipment desired. The ALA will normally provide projectors for powerpoint and dvd presentations and screens (but we will not provide laptop computers).  We will no longer provide overhead projectors, slide projectors, vcrs, or cd or cassette tape players (but you may, of course, bring your own cd or tape player). Please note that audio-visual equipment is very expensive and usually takes up over $15,000 of our budget. It costs much more to rent a piece of a/v equipment and a competent Tech person for three days than it costs to buy it. Feel free to use a/v if needed, but make sure that all audio-visual requests reach the conference director by February 21, 2021.
  7. CONTACT: Debbie McNally, Lakes Sotheby’s International Realty, (612) 388-1790; debbiemcnally.com
    这个家庭中心内部有三个摄像头,它能够连接到你的手机,你可以通过手机看冰箱里有什么。所以它基本上是一个6000美元替代用纸笔完成购物清单的替代品。
    而中国喜剧片《羞羞的铁拳》目前已在全球获得3.26亿美元的巨额收益。
    Zhu Xueqin, an NPC deputy and migrant worker from Shanghai.
    Stevens会演唱电影《以你的名字呼唤我》中《Mystery of Love》,以及Bernal, LaFourcade和 Miguel会合唱《寻梦环游记》中的歌曲《Remember Me》。
    But despite the anticipation, it seems the underwear brand's debut in the Chinese city is not going entirely to plan.
  8. Please italicize book-length works and foreign phrases and use quotation marks for shorter works.
  9. 8.Prosthetic Hands That Sense Touch
    At that time, the chief executive was also under pressure, given Apple’s lack of clear product direction beyond milking the iPhone. Sensing blood, activist investors began to circle the company; first David Einhorn, then Carl Icahn, have lobbied for changes to how Apple is run and manages its finances. Mr Icahn has pushed for Apple to raise huge debt to return up to $150bn to shareholders and urged it to release more products, including a television set.
  10. Islands in China come with many restrictions on their use and just 50 years of ownership.
  1. But top managers at companies in the fields of scientific research and technology services saw their pay decrease by 4.2%.
    2.Yeah, I’ll start working on that ASAP! – Because telling you I have 10 things to do first would just irritate you。
    NBS senior statistician Sheng Guoqing attributed the slowdown mainly due to a 1.4-percent decline in food prices, which were down for the first time in 15 years.
    Citing recent figures from the CPB Netherlands Bureau for Policy Analysis, that show global trade in seasonally-adjusted volume terms fell 1.1 per cent between September and October, Mr Leering suggests last year will prove to be the worst year for world trade since 2009.
    pro向前+duct引导,带来+ive→生产的;多产的
    人不得不告慰自己,原来如此。
    Ninety percent of the students believe their universities' guidance on entrepreneurship would help their future businesses. In addition, they professed appreciation for policies intended to encourage entrepreneurship.
  2. 在英国,从2004年到2014年,非本土出生的人口增长了66%。最近的全民公投中,投票选择“离开”的人大都说移民问题是自己最大的顾虑。
    When asked if the central bank would do more, Dario Perkins, chief European economist at Lombard Street Research, said: “I don’t think so, unless something goes wrong in the wider global economy.”
    斯科特-布鲁克斯教练在看到他的球员名单后就知道了他执教的退路有多大了,伤病一直以来都是球队里的大佬。但是我还是捉摸不清为什么这支球队比以前的那支季后赛球队差那么远。另一方面,奇才不可能差到以至于会得到前5的顺位吧。
    12. “The Kindergarten Teacher” (Nadav Lapid)
    Price growth in top cities was slower, however, with Beijing, for instance, reporting a rise of only 0.5 per cent from the previous month, compared to 4.9 per cent in September.
    高中版的霍华德不像NBA版的霍华德那样令人生畏。如此看来,成为一个NBA巨星,霍华德付出了十倍的努力。
  3. 他有能力向球迷们展示接下来的计划吗?——不管是什么计划。在又一个无论场内场外都丑陋的赛季后,尼克斯球迷当然有理由知道上述两个问题的答案。
    [k?ut?]
    Losers: Knicks
    Paul was a pretty undersized guard back in high school, which is probably why he's developed such a "me against the world" mentality. CP3 is one of the grittiest and toughest players in the NBA, and he has to be because he sure isn't one of the biggest.

指数:94.2
单词population 联想记忆:

The conference director will normally confirm the receipt of all emails within 3 business days.  The conference director may refer you to the website but will never send you an attachment to open, because of the danger of computer viruses.  By the second week in March, the conference director will let you know the day on which your panel or panels are scheduled.  You should inform your participants of the day and instruct them to register using the information on the website at www.americanliterature.org and explaining that their early registration and payment saves the organization time and money. You will also inform them to check the on-line program for accuracy and to send any corrections to both you and the conference director.  You should also inform them that participants who fail to register by May 1 will be dropped from the program.

  1. "As robotics is expanding into nearly every industry, Chinese robot makers should realize the gap between them and foreign brands, take advantage of China's robotics development boom and learn from foreign experience to help China grow from the world's largest robot market into a robot manufacturing power," said Qu.
    Here is a silver lining: Market-rate rents are so high that they probably will not climb much higher next year. “The good news is rents aren’t rising anymore,” Mr. Miller said. “The bad news is they are probably not going to fall.”
    3. Jia Junpeng, your mom wants you to go home for dinner.”

Procedures for Individual Proposals:  Individuals may propose either a paper or a panel or round table to the conference director no earlier than December 1, 2020, and no later than the deadline of February 21, 2021.  The conference director will give preference to papers and panels on authors, texts, and topics not covered by the member societies of the ALA.  Those proposing a paper or panel on a topic represented by an author society should consult with the relevant society before submitting the proposal to the ALA. All proposals must be by email and should be both pasted in and included as attachments (preferably in WORD).

For an Individual Paper:  In the subject line of the email, please put ALA 2021 Proposal: and then a brief title of between one and five words.  That will enable the conference director to file emails efficiently. Please provide a clear and useful title for your paper and then an abstract describing the paper (usually between 250-600 words) and then a brief discussion of your status (i.e., an Associate Professor who has published a book and several articles on this topic/author; a graduate student who is offering part of his/her dissertation, etc.) or a two-page vita if that is easier.  It is important that your abstract enable the conference director and his advisory committee to evaluate the nature of your work.  You must also indicate whether you need any audio-visual equipment to present your work. Please provide a phone number (which will only be used if email fails to work for some reason).

ICBC said net profits increased 0.5 per cent for the year to December 31 2015 — the smallest increase since it listed. Returns on average total assets declined 0.1 percentage points to 1.30 per cent.
Latest data from the US Treasury Department shows that India held securitie sworth $80 billion in September and further reduced its exposure to $77.5billion in October -- which is also a three-month low.

For a panel:  Please follow the sample below so the conference director can paste in the panels and round tables that are accepted.

She was also recognised for being the youngest recipient of the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for her charity work.
Xu said at a press conference that by 10:20 am, 97 bodies have been retrieved.
有抱负的年轻领导人已经更注重利用自己的影响力,而不是试图凭借其职位或头衔所带来的权威来发号施令。很多人已经拥有了领导经验——不是通过在老牌机构中的晋升,而是通过领导自下而上的运动和志愿组织、或是打造自己的初创公司。
Anyone can have a bad day at the office, but this disappointing performance at Christie’s followed an old masters sale in July that took in 19 million against a low estimate of 31.5 million.

Common and Day will perform "Stand Up For Something" from "Marshall" and Settle will perform "This is Me" from "The Greatest Showman."
1.你一夜之间成了领英平台的香饽饽。
加快推进国企国资改革。
谎言5:你穿这条裙子真好看。说谎原因:总比说真话被别人扇耳光要好吧。
No. The Bank of Japan’s life will get tougher in 2018 as the US Federal Reserve tightens policy and widens the interest rate gap with Japan. But governor Haruhiko Kuroda is determined to hike rates in response to one thing only: inflation. The BoJ may let the yield curve climb a little if prices start to accelerate, but real interest rates in Japan will end 2018 no higher than at the start of the year.
“有个员工在公司网站上发帖称自己辞职了。”
China’s handling of its state reserves of raw materials such as cotton and sugar will be a key factor shaping the direction of agricultural commodities in 2017, according to a major lender to agribusinesses.

老楼加装电梯支持还是反对?盘点十大核心利益诉求

侠客岛:谁推高了一二线城市的房租?

最终,民主政体或者民主共和国为不同观点乃至不同文化的人们提供了较为和谐地比邻而居的方式。

  1. “Irony and Angst in the Gothic Novels of the Early Republic,” Noah Problem, College ofNotre Doubt
  2. “The Beautiful Garden in Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter,” Raphael Hythloday, University of East London
  3. adv. 未料到地,意外地

云南城投拟转让旗下两个地产项目 加速资金回笼

Not until recently anyway. But scientists at Weill Cornell Medical College have at last managed to—at least with mice and monkeys. This produced artificial retinas, whose chips convert images into electronic signals and whose tiny projectors convert electronic signals into light.

Organized by: Name of Individual organizer
And then Chair: Name

这是007系列电影最佳主题曲之一,但实际上并没有在片头演奏,所以我们把它放在荣誉推荐的第一位。这首浪漫的曲子呼应了电影情节的发展,最终詹姆斯·邦德遇到了真爱。(可惜他们的恋情维持不久便结束了。)路易斯·阿姆斯特朗运用了他标志性的颤音,听者心弦颤动,一个经典诞生了。

戴维皮林(David Pilling)
人们的担忧涵盖了各个领域,从全球问题(比如俄罗斯试图影响2016年美国总统选举),到地方问题(比如担心用户淹没在通知和新闻推送中,造成心理健康问题和生产率损失)。
In a separate report in early September, the World Meteorological Organization said the level of carbon dioxide in the air in 2013 was 42 percent above the level that prevailed before the Industrial Revolution. Other important greenhouse gases have gone up as well, with methane increasing 153 percent from the preindustrial level and nitrous oxide by 21 percent.
Eleven James:
6. Cutting Down on Saturated Fats Could Preserve Your Memory
7. The 2012 Ig Nobel Physics Prize
"He promised when he took office that he would have a Cabinet that was 50 percent women, and then he did it," Maddow said. "Would you make that same pledge?"
"It's one of the strangest things that's ever happened to me," Beatty said backstage. "Thank God there were two of us up there," Dunaway responded.

If you like your comedy with a side of heart-warming feels and poignant cultural commentary, please look no further than The Big Sick, about a comedian who falls in love with a heckler. Their backgrounds could not be more different, which is relatable to anyone in a mixed race relationship.
These are a few old shows that found new vigor in 2014 and deserve another look — and also a few that don’t.
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This year so far, Stephen Chow’s The Mermaid has made $526 million since its release in early February during Lunar New Year.
“BlackBerry has not engaged in discussions with Samsung with respect to any possible offer to purchase BlackBerry,” the company said in a statement issued Wednesday afternoon. “BlackBerry’s policy is not to comment on rumors or speculation, and accordingly it does not intend to comment further.”
万圣节距离现在没几天了。这意味着,如果你还没有挑选好你的万圣节服装或者装饰,那你应该立刻开始准备了。

Some reminders:

The QUBE will remind you to recycle, monitor when the trash was last taken out, and tell you to change the air freshener. These are all things people usually remember to do anyway, by the smell and all, but now there's a $300 "elegant" stainless steel can that'll constantly remind you with annoying mobile alerts.

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The piece was taken away for laboratory testing, and the Spielman family only received a phone call this month telling them the amulet had been identified.

Due to the rapid growth of the online gaming sector, NetEase founder Ding Lei doubled his wealth to 96 billion yuan, surpassing Baidu Inc Chairman Robin Li and ranking third in the IT rich list.

So, what does that mean for oil prices in 2015? It is anybody’s guess, but here are the top five variables that will determine the trajectory of oil prices over the next 12 months, in no particular order.
Academics appear to be more interested in the cryptocurrency than ever before. There were 190 white papers published on bitcoin in 2014, up from 55 in 2013. Authors—amateur or otherwise—have also flocked to bitcoin: Amazon lists 437 books about or involving the term “bitcoin” published in 2014, compared to 143 in 2013. (That is based on a subject search, and thus includes less hard-hitting titles like Bitcoin Bimbo 3: Undercover Cop Science Fiction Erotica.) And sports fans this year may not have been able to ignore the inaugural Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl, a college football playoff game between North Carolina State and the University of Central Florida. ESPN quickly convertedBitPay’s $500,000 rights fee for the game into U.S. dollars.

Will China's stock market climb back to the 6,000-point mark it reached two years ago? The stock market was at its most bullish back then, but if you ask the same question now, some would cite a global economy still reeling from a recession.
7. Am I working too hard? Taking time to re-charge and spend time on activities that make you happy is so important. Honor your desire to pull back from work or school pressure when needed and give yourself time to breathe, even if it’s only for a few minutes at a time.

当时,身为首席执行官的库克也承受着压力,因为苹果除了从iPhone攫取利润之外,缺乏清晰的产品开发方向。维权投资者嗅到了血腥,开始围攻这家公司,打头的是大卫?艾因霍恩(David Einhorn),接着是卡尔?伊坎(Carl Icahn),他们游说改变苹果的经营和财务管理方式。伊坎施压要求苹果筹集巨额债务,向股东返还1500亿美元,并敦促苹果发布包括电视机在内的更多产品。
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