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their lawyers, saying they were not aware of Singer’s aims.
The Guos’ attorney, James Spertus, said Singer preyed on Chinese families who were not familiar with
the US education system, and he charged them sums far higher than those he received from his domestic clients.
In China, college admission is based largely on scores attained in the gaokao, the nati
onal college entrance examination, rather than a process involving essays, extracurricular activities and other factors.
Chinese students planning to apply for US colleges usually struggle with the persona
l essay, a critical part of the application process, because the US essay style is hugely different from the Chinese style.
Elizabeth Venturini, owner of Los Angeles admissions consultancy
College Career Results, said: “Unscrupulous college consultants know international stu
dents pay the full tuition price. If they can afford full tuition, they can afford their services.
“To command their high prices, they might promise a wealthy family that their child will
get into a top school by writing their essays, filling out their application, or through other unethical activities.”
Xinhua that China’s participation in the book fair is also essential to Britain’s publishing market.
“The number of Chinese exhibitors is always in the top 10, and it has
been that way in the past three years. We are absolutely delighted with that,” Thomas says, ad
ding that some of her colleagues are picking up Mandarin to enhance communication with Chinese publishers.
Other notable titles released at the LBF 2019 included the first batch of four books of Key Conc
epts in Chinese Thought and Culture in English by China’s Foreign Language Teaching and Res
earch Press and Palgrave Macmillan. The Core Values of Chinese Civilization, written by Chen Lai, dean of the Academy of Ch
inese Learning at Tsinghua University, has been printed by SDX Joint Publishing and Springer Nature.
Sara Crowley-Vigneau, an editor with Palgrave Macmillan, says: “At a time wh
en the understanding of different histories, languages and cultures globally is at a pre
mium, these series provide a valuable roadmap to the concepts which underpin 21st-century Chinese society.”
French court on Monday approved cinema screenings of an award-winning director’s new film about the real-life story of a
priest accused of sexually abusing boy scouts, even though the case has yet to come to trial.
The 73-year-old priest, Bernard Preynat, had argued that a public release of the film, By the Grace of God, could prejudice his case.
His lawyer, Emmanuel Mercinier, said the court issued its decision on Monday morning.
The film by screenwriter and director Francois Ozon won the jury prize at the Berlin film festival this weekend.
It will hit the screens in France on Wednesday, a day before Pope Francis holds a summit
meeting of bishops at the Vatican to discuss the sex abuse of minors by clergy members.
The film, which Ozon worked on in secret for years, tells the story of the scandal which broke in 2015 wh
en a former scout, Francois Devaux, went public with allegations that Preynat had abused him as a child 25 years earlier.
group of German friends claimed a world record on Saturday for the highest
number of smurfs gathered in one place.
Fans of the blue elf-like creatures created in a Belgian comic strip during
the 1950s, managed to gather
2,762 people dressed and painted blue in regulation smurf attire – curly hats and all.
The gathering took place at the town of Lauchringen, near the German border
with Switzerland, the organizers reported on Facebook.
Their record came three years after their first attempt failed to beat the record
held by Welsh students who managed to unite 2,510 regulation smurfs in Swansea back in 2009.
The German‘s first effort failed, with only 2,149 turning up.
The rules of the game are strict: The only people counted as the genuine article are
those with any bare skin painted blue and the rest of the body clothed in smurf attire.
The group of friends made their second, victorious attempt on Saturday with the
backing of the mayor of Lauchringen, they said.
The smurfs, small, impish creatures who live in a village, were created by the
Belgian cartoonist Pierre Culliford, known as Peyo.
They became so popular that the stories eventually spilled over into cartoons and
even live-action films.